Colombia Dominates at Bolivarian Games

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Melba Avendaño, Ginna Escobar, and Yamilet Peña

The Colombian gymnasts put on an incredible show in front of a home crowd at this year’s Bolivarian Games, where the team easily won gold in addition to finishing in the top four all-around positions and taking four apparatus medals.

Ginna Escobar won the all-around competition with a 50.900, putting up strong performances on vault and floor especially, while teammate Melba Avendaño came in for the silver with a 49.600, also looking especially strong on floor.

Though Dayana Ardila and Valentina Pardo finished third and fourth, respectively, due to the two-per-country limitations, the bronze ended up going to fifth-place finisher Yamilet Peña of the Dominican Republic, who was fantastic on vault, and otherwise showed hit routines to finish with a 48.800.

Rounding out the top eight were Ana Palacios of Guatemala with a 48.200, Franchesca Santi of Chile with a 47.850, and Martina Castro of Chile with a 47.500.

Peña was the clear favorite for vault gold here, which she ended up winning with a 13.750 average, but she also ended up surprising for silver medals on bars and floor as well, with fantastic routines on both events.

The Colombians had a few struggles in the apparatus finals, but they still came out with Ardila’s silver on vault with a 13.563 average, Avendaño’s gold on bars with a 13.150, and then an especially strong turn on beam, where Sandoval won gold with a 13.300 while Escobar took the bronze with a 12.550.

Santi ended up getting the vault bronze with a 13.500 average, Palacios won the bronze on bars with an 11.550 and tied for the silver on floor with a 12.125, Venere Horna of Peru won the silver on beam with a 12.600, and Pamela Arriojas of Venezuela won the gold on floor with a 12.250.

Behind Colombia in the team competition were Chile with silver and Peru with bronze.

Full results are available here.

Article by Lauren Hopkins

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