Ellie Black of Canada made it three gold medals at the Pan Am Games as her resounding power and ease on the floor exercise made her the stand high on the podium winning the apparatus final at Toronto Coliseum Wednesday. The 19 year old along with Amelia Hundley of the United States and Ana Gomez of Guatemala winning silver and bronze respectively.
Amelia Hundley set the bar on the floor exercise scoring a 14.200 in her routine that was near flawless. The gymnasts for Cuba and Puerto Rico couldn’t bring the talent as they both had mistakes in their performances that both had them in the lower 13 range. One who wouldn’t be performing below average was Black.
She was again on fire from her earlier run on the beam to bring the fun in her floor routine nailing every one of her tumbling passes. Her smooth dance style in between helped her maintain a strong score that turned into a 14.400 and into first place with half the competition completed.
Daniela Hypolito wished to play the dark horse in order to overtake the top contenders as her veteran status spoke of her consistency in gymnastics. Her opening tumbling pass didn’t go off without a hitch taking a spill at the end that cost her dearly. The Brazilian was down an out receiving a 12.800 that would
American Madison Desch had a lot of technique in her floor routine with beautiful tumbling that could have helped her recover from taking a couple of her toes out of bounds. The judges were not willing to help as they gave her a three tenths deduction that put her at a 13.975 holding her in third.
Flavia Saraiva came out to challenge with her floor routine but on the first pass, she had way too much momentum that got out of control causing her to tumble at the end. She recovered well but the damage was already done to keeping her off the podium for the second time on the day with a 13.200.
Going last on the floor was Ana Gomez who was just looking for a way to finish strong at the games with her mistake filled runs at the previous apparatus finals. She would go mistake free in her routine to feel confident of her result. Her efforts would pay off scoring a 14.150 that gave her the bronze medal to take back to Guatemala.
Black was the biggest winner of the sport taking five medals under her belt while also winning each colored medal in the process. With her show of force at the games it will give her plenty of confidence before going into the world championships in the coming months.