Avendaño Wins Three Golds at Nationals


Yurany Avendaño, the 24-year-old who has been a member of several of Colombia’s world championship teams, returned to the sport for the first time in 18 months at this weekend’s Colombian national championships, where she hit strong routines on each event to win the all-around, vault, and floor titles.

With a 51.350 in the all-around, Avendaño topped the field by about a point, looking steady and confident on the first day of competition in addition to then averaging a 13.175 to share the vault title while then also winning the gold with an excellent routine on floor, earning a 13.1 there.

Avendaño also competed in the bars and beam finals, but had a series of falls in both finals, ending up in fifth place with scores of 9.55 and 10.05, respectively.

Her biggest competition at the meet in Cucuta was Ginna Escobar, who struggled with a fall on beam to win the silver medal with a 50.400, her second silver all-around medal in a row after doing the same last year.

Escobar, 19, went on to win the bars and beam titles with polished work on both, and she also won the silver on floor with a 13.05 for a clean, solid routine there.

In third all-around was Valentina Pardo, 18, with a 50.000 total, looking excellent on all of her events but bars, where falls kept her from challenging for the title. Pardo came back to share the vault gold with Avendaño in finals, where she also fixed her bars errors to win the silver medal there with a 12.5 before going on to place fourth on beam with a fall and then win the bronze on floor with a great set.

20-year-old Dayana Ardila, normally a fantastic beam worker, was unable to keep her cool on that event this weekend, holding her back to fourth place with a 49.100. Her vault and floor in the all-around competition were fabulous, though, and she managed to improve her beam for event finals, earning a 12.0 to take the silver medal in addition to getting the bronze on vault, though a couple of bad landings on floor held her back in fourth place with a 12.65.

Rounding out the all-around field were Juliana Villa in fifth with a 44.750 in addition to winning the bronze medals on bars and beam, Lesly Garzon in sixth with a 42.800, Angie Rincon in seventh with a 41.850, Daniela Estupiñan in eighth with a 37.950, Angie Quintana in ninth with a 36.600, and Lizeth Alzate in tenth with a 35.100.

In the junior field, Nataly Rodriguez won the all-around title in a tight race, finishing with a 49.550 for gold while Giselle Ortiz won the silver just slightly behind her with a 49.400, and Sabrina Cortes was a point behind with a 48.550 after several falls on bars, winning the bronze.

These three also took the majority of the event medals, with Cortes fighting back from her disastrous bars performance on day one to kill it in finals, sweeping all four golds with a 13.4 average on vault, a 12.15 on bars, a 12.6 on beam, and a 12.85 on floor. Rodriguez struggled a little in finals, but still managed to walk away with the silver on vault, and beam, despite mistakes on the latter, as well as the bronze on bars, while Ortiz won the bronze medals on vault and floor.

Rounding out the top eight were Paula Arevalo in fourth with a 45.400 in addition to taking the bars silver with an 11.85, Maria Villegas in fifth with a 44.750 as well as the silver on floor with a 12.75 and the bronze on beam with a 10.8, Gerilyn Atehortua in sixth with a 43.950 and the bronze on floor with a 12.65, Yiseth Valenzuela in seventh with a 43.850, and Laura Valencia in eighth with a 43.250.

Full results are available here.

Article by Lauren Hopkins

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