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Black, Calvo Make History in Toronto
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Ellie Black (Canada) and Jossimar Calvo (Colombia) won their second and third gold medals Wednesday as the 2015 Pan American Games concluded Wednesady in Toronto. Pictured: Balance beam medalists Megan Skaggs (U.S.), Black and Victoria-Kayen Woo (Canada)

Canada's Ellie Black and Colombia's Jossimar Calvo each took two more gold medals as the 2015 Pan American Games concluded Wednesady in Toronto.

Black and Calvo cemented themselves as stars of the Games with the biggest medal hauls and record performances. Black heads back to Halifax as the most decorated athlete at the Pan Am Games in any sport, winning five out of six possible medals: three golds (all-around, balance beam, floor exercise), a silver in the team competition and a bronze on vault.

"It feels incredible," Black said of her achievement. "I mean, just to come out here and have such a great week of competition in Toronto, in our home country with the home crowd cheering me on and cheering the team on — it was just fantastic."

Black had her high score of the competition, 15.050, on balance beamm taking the title by a full point. After a slightly nervous start (wobble on her double turn, full turn), she confidently tackled her routine that included a piked front and tucked punch front; ff two-foot layout, nailed ff, tucked full, and near stick on a 2 1/2 dismount.

American Megan Skaggs won the silver, showing nice fluidity (front aerial to leap; ff layout; side somi; clean double pike). Victoria-Kayen Woo took the bronze to give Canada another medal, showing lovely presentation and a sharp routine (ff layout; front aerial to wolf jump; side somi), breaking only on her double turn.

Amelia Hundley (U.S.) took second on floor exercise, while Guatemalan Olympian Ana Sofía Gómez won the bronze with precise tumbling (tucked full-in; triple twist; 2 1/2, punch front; double pike).

Calvo goes back to Bogotá as Colombia's most successful athlete in Toronto, also with five medals: three golds (pommel horse, parallel bars and high bar), and wo bronzes (team and all-around). Calvo established himself as a bonified star and showed that he could be a contender in multiple events at this fall's world championships in Glasgow, where he could possibly win Colombias's first world championships medal.


Jossimar Calvo (Colombia) took two more gold medals on Wednesday.

Calvo said he was happy with his results as the most successful Colombian gymnast in Pan Am history, though he regretted the fall off pommel horse in the all-around that prevented him from defending his all-around title from 2011. ,

"The results have been good, although the all-around was a thorn in my side, where I finished third. I did a good job, but unfortunately had a fall that cost me the ranking, even though I ended up on the podium," said Calvo, 21. "I came with the mentality of making history, not only in the individual events, but also in the all-around. It was a long process, four years of preparation and I'm very happy."

Calvo showed his mastery of swing on parallel bars (6.9 Difficulty), ending with a refreshing full-in dismount off the end, stuck cold. All-around runner up Manrique Larduet (Cuba) and all-around champion Sam Mikulak (U.S.) took second and third, respectively, each showing 6.7 Difficulty.

On high bar, the Colombian risked a Liukin (full-twisting layout Tkatchev), Kolman and Kovacs releases, and dismounting with a layout double-double for 15.700 (7.3 D). Canada's Kevin Lytwyn threw a Kolman and Def and stuck his layout double-double dismount cold for the silver (6.8; 15.475). American Paul Ruggeri won the bronze with a Cassina (layout Kolman) and Tak-half, layout Tkatchev, Tkatchev-half combination; layout double-oduble (6.9; 15.450).

Larduet won gold on vault, matching female Cuban teammate Marcia Videaux's achievement from Tuesday. Larduet vaulted a Lopez (Tsukahara triple twist)—named for Cuban great Erick Lopez—and a layout Randi.

American Donnell Whittenburg won the silver. He opted not to risk his Ri Se Gwang vault (full-twisting Tsukahara double back), but vaulted a big Dragulescu and Tsukahara 2 1/2. Brazil's Caio Souza won the bronze with a Yurchenko 2 1/2 and a Lopez.

The quadrennial Pan American Games will next take place in August 2019 in Lima. Peru beat out the bids from Argentina, Chile and Venezuela to host the next Games.

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2015 Pan American Games
July 15, Toronto

Balance Beam FinalDENDScore
1.Ellie Black6.58.55015.050
2.Megan Skaggs5.78.35014.050
3.Victoria-Kayen Woo5.68.05013.650
4.Julie Kim5.67.97513.575
5.Flávia Saraiva6.17.12513.225
6.Jessica López5.77.1750.112.775
7.Ana Sofía Gómez5.37.02512.325
8.Rachel Gowey5.56.2250.111.625

Women's Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1.Ellie Black5.88.60014.400
2.Amelia Hundley5.78.50014.200
3.Ana Sofía Gómez5.78.45014.150
4.Maddie Desch6.28.0750.313.975
5.Leidys Perdomo5.48.1250.113.425
6.Flávia Saraiva5.67.7000.113.200
7.Paula Mejias5.28.0250.113.125
8.Daniele Hypolito5.67.20012.800

Men's Vault FinalDENDScoreAverage
1.Manrique Larduet6.09.20015.20015.125
6.09.05015.050
2.Donnell Whittenburg6.09.1750.115.07514.962
5.69.25014.850
3.Caio Souza5.69.12514.72514.925
6.09.2250.115.125
4.Jorge Vega5.69.3000.114.80014.775
5.69.15014.750
5.Paul Ruggeri5.89.0250.114.72514.712
5.69.2000.114.700
6.Scott Morgan5.68.8250.114.32514.575
5.69.22514.825
7.Arthur Mariano5.69.2000.114.70014.087
5.48.07513.475
8.Alberto Leyva6.07.7750.313.47513.925
5.29.17514.375

Parallel Bars FinalDENDScore
1.Jossimar Calvo6.98.80015.700
2.Manrique Larduet6.78.95015.650
3.Sam Mikulak6.78.75015.450
4.Jorge Hugo Giraldo6.48.97515.375
5.Donnell Whittenburg6.98.45015.350
6.Daniel Corral6.78.47515.175
7.Caio Souza6.27.52513.725
8.Francisco Barreto Júnior6.26.40012.600

High Bar FinalDENDScore
1.Jossimar Calvo7.38.40015.700
2.Kevin Lytwyn6.88.67515.475
3.Paul Ruggeri6.98.55015.450
4.Manrique Larduet7.08.25015.250
5.Randy Leru6.98.12515.025
6.Sam Mikulak6.97.67514.575
7.Lucas Bitencourt6.38.17514.475
8.Arthur Mariano6.57.52514.025
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