Ellie Black wins gold in women's all-around at Pan Am Games; Onyshko 6th, Smith 7th, Cournoyer 11th
Ellie Black brought the Toronto Coliseum crowd to its feet last night at the Pan American Games, taking home gold for Canada in the women’s all-around competition – Canada’s first gold in all-around since the 1979 Pan American Games! Isabela Onyshko (MB) also had a solid night, finishing 6th overall. Hugh Smith (NS) and René Cournoyer (QC) finished 7th and 11th respectively in the men’s all-around competition earlier in the evening.
Black, from Halifax, NS, nailed all of her performances to finish with a total of 58.150. Madison Desch of the USA took silver with 57.450 while Brazil’s Flavia Lopes Saraiva took the bronze medal with a total of 57.050. Onyshko’s total was 55.050.
“That was unreal,” said Black of her performance. “Landing my last line I was so happy. I just put everything into my last bit of dance and tried to take it all in. It’s incredible being up there having the crowd standing, cheering you on. That was just an unreal feeling.”
Black will compete in the vault apparatus finals on Tuesday, July 14 along with Maegan Chant (ON), and the beam and floor apparatus finals on Wednesday, July 15. Onyshko and Madison Copiak (AB) will also compete in the uneven bars finals Tuesday afternoon, while Victoria-Kayen Woo (QC) will also compete in the beam finals with Black.
On the men’s side, Kevin Lytwyn (AB) will compete in the floor and rings apparatus finals on Tuesday, as will Cournoyer on the pommel horse. Wednesday will see Scott Morgan compete in the vault finals while Lytwyn will aim for the podium on the horizontal bar.
Both competition days start at 1:30 PM EST.
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