Welcome to the live blog for the women’s all-around final at the 2019 Pan American Games, held in Lima, Peru!
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4:23 pm. FINAL STANDINGS
1. Ellie Black, Canada, 55.250
2. Riley McCusker, United States, 55.125
3. Flavia Saraiva, Brazil, 54.350
4. Kara Eaker, United States, 53.750
5. Martina Dominici, Argentina, 52.800
6. Thais Fidelis, Brazil, 52.700
7. Danusia Francis, Jamaica, 51.650
8. Victoria-Kayen Woo, Canada, 51.250
9. Luna Fernandez, Argentina, 50.450
10. Marcia Vidiaux, Cuba, 50.000
11. Andrea Maldonado, Puerto Rico, 48.900
12. Yesenia Ferrera, Cuba, 48.700
13. Luciana Alvarado, Costa Rica, 48.450
14. Simona Castro, Chile, 48.250
15. Anapaula Gutierrez, Mexico, 47.750
16. Karelys Diaz, Puerto Rico, 47.475
17. Sandra Collantes, Peru, 47.450
18. Paulina Campos, Mexico, 46.600
19. Heika Del Sol Salas, Costa Rica, 46.300
20. Ariana Orrego, Peru, 46.250
21. Katriel Sousa, Venezuela, 45.900
22. Ana Palacios, Guatemala, 45.800
23. Paola Ruano, El Salvador, 45.775
24. Maria Del Sol Perez, Chile, 44.000
4:22 pm. Inquiry DENIED, and Ellie takes the gold!
4:19 pm. Still waiting on an inquiry about Riley’s floor score………but I personally don’t think it’ll affect anything. Or SHOULD affect anything. Anyway, I think the inquiry was related to her switch full that comes at the end of her routine…she does a switch ring to switch full, and to ME, the full looked underrotated, which is why I was like “idk WHAT she did” but it’s usually a full and it definitely wasn’t today. Ellie should definitely stay in the gold medal position.
4:16 pm. Andrea Maldonado PUR BB: Hit her flight series very well, and the rest was also good, but then she crashed her 2.5 dismount which is A BUMMER.
4:15 pm. Apparently an inquiry is being filed on floor…I don’t know what for yet, but Riley is more than a tenth back so if it’s just for a tenth it won’t help.
4:12 pm. Anapaula Gutierrez MEX UB: I wasn’t typing at the beginning but she had a pretty solid release and Pak, and she hit the rest very well, a really nice set for her!
4:11 pm. OH GODDDD, it’s a 13.525 and she’s just over a tenth back from gold, CRAZY.
4:08 pm. Riley McCusker USA FX: Tucked full-in, a little bit of a wild bounce back onto one foot OOB. Front double full to front tuck to stag, looked a little off coming out of the first skill but she super quickly corrects and has no problem for the rest. Good leaps after that, and then a double pike with a hop back. Pretty smooth in her wolf turn. Switch ring GOD her form #chefskiss into another leap after that but I didn’t see what it was. Double tuck, high and stuck for a strong finish. Idk…it could be close but she’ll need a 13.650 to match Ellie and she’s definitely capable. AWW HER MOM’S CRYING.
4:07 pm. Okay, Kara Eaker comes in at a 12.350 on floor which puts her at a 53.750 all-around, currently in third behind Ellie Black and Flavia Saraiva. Rough. 😦 But I also won’t be mad if it means Flavia medals. BITTERSWEET, or the gymnastics tagline, “exciting but also sad.”
4:06 pm. Waiting for Kara’s score……
4:05 pm. Danusia Francis with a 51.650 after vault! Luciana Alvarado 48.450, Karelys Diaz 47.450, Katriel Sousa 45.900
4:03 pm. Kara Eaker CAN FX: Front layout to front double full, and her triple full both go well, the triple is maybe a quarter twist overrotated. Memmel to full turn, UGH, and then 2.5 to front full, ends up tucking the full completely and still has to sit it. 😦 Poor kid, she looks devastated in that moment. Double pike to finish, a little low but mostly fine. Switch ring half at the very end.
4:02 pm. So a 12.600 is a bit rough for Ellie but she still finishes with a 55.250 AA which is higher than her day one, so…it’s not done yet but Riley can definitely make up for the difference right now if she does what she did on day one.
3:59 pm. Ellie Black CAN FX: Front full through to triple full, super solid! 2.5 through to double pike, ugh, goes a little far back into that 2.5 and lands the double pike fully OOB before stepping off the mat completely. I wasn’t typing through the rest but she hit everything and I don’t think that mistake will jeopardize her TOO much, unless one of the U.S. girls completely blows up and has a lifetime best routine or something. But we’ll see!
3:58 pm. Flavia Saraiva with a 54.350! Victoria-Kayen Woo with a 51.250, Simona Castro 48.250, Ariana Orrego 46.250, Maria Del Sol Perez 44.000
3:57 pm. Flavia Saraiva BRA FX: Double layout, great!! Love her little skip into her switch full. Tucked full-in, solid landing, maybe the tiniest bit shy. Switch to tour jeté full. Queen. 1.5 to front full, steps over but in a dance-y way. Switch ring, very precise. Whole crowd is clapping now. I don’t care if she’s 50, she will always need/deserve floor routines that are fun and bubbly and have the crowd clapping along for the last pass. Double pike, solid. Great routine, fantastic all-around performance. 13.900!
3:56 pm. Ariana Orrego PER VT: FTY, clean with a hop back.
3:55 pm. Martina Dominici pulls slightly ahead of Thais Fidelis with a 52.800.
3:54 pm. Marcia Vidiaux with a 50.000 after a rough beam and floor, Sandra Collantes with a 47.450 also with some weak spots in her day, Paulina Campos with a 46.600.
3:53 pm. Martina Dominici ARG FX: Tucked full-in with a little hop back. Popa. Both solid. Arabian double front, little step forward. Clean double tuck, a little hesitant with the landing, has to step it forward, but not bad. Solid double pike to finish. Another gymnast who had an excellent performance today! 12.850
3:52 pm. They just cut to Ellie Black and she’s basically sound asleep, I’m sobbing. I mean, I’m sure she’s awake but it looks hilarious and amazing.
3:51 pm. Thais Fidelis finishes with a 52.700! Ana Palacios with some struggles on bars and beam only with a 45.800, looks like her DTY was also a little weak today.
3:48 pm. Thais Fidelis BRA FX: 1.5 through to arabian double front, fantastic! Just a little step to the side. Still waiting for someone to Aly Raisman that pass with a punch at the end and I think Thais and/or Ellie Downie will get it. Tucked full-in with a hop back. Switch full to stag. Double tuck, open and clean, hop back. Switch ring to split ring leap. Finishes with a double pike, clean and high on the landing, hop back. Great day for her! 13.250
3:46 pm. ROTATION 3 STANDINGS
1. Ellie Black CAN 42.650
2. Riley McCusker USA 41.600
3. Kara Eaker USA 41.400
4. Flavia Saraiva BRA 40.450
5. Martina Dominici ARG 39.950
6. Thais Fidelis BRA 39.450
7. Luna Fernandez ARG 38.450
8. Yesenia Ferrera CUB 38.250
3:45 pm. Still waiting for Kara’s beam score.
3:43 pm. This is the longest all-around competition EVER. They usually finish in like 90 minutes? Why is this one almost two hours at the end of the third rotation?!
3:40 pm. Kara Eaker USA BB: Switch leap mount, UGH, wobbles and grabs the beam, then falls. UGHHHH. Switch ring and full Y turn are fine. Hit the front aerial to split ring jump to back handspring super well, I love her dance out of it so much every single time. Side aerial loso, just the one loso today, hit another series after that but I couldn’t type fast enough and then forgot every single skill in it, I think it was a leap to a back something or other to a Korbut? Split leap to side somi, golden. Switch to switch side. 2.5 is great. Really bummed about that fall. 13.500, I mean…REALLY NOT BAD WITH A FALL.
3:37 pm. Ellie Black CAN BB: Double spin, leg slightly up, punch front is fantastic A+ great. Bhs layout is actually pretty excellent in the air from this angle, and not as piked as usual. Switch leap to switch half, little bobble into the back handspring. Good on the side somi. 2.5 with a hop forward. Another excellent routine! This top AA group is KILLING beam today. #NotTodaySatan 13.900!
3:36 pm. Really glad the judges are taking their sweet ass time today.
3:29 pm. Flavia Saraiva BRA BB: Back handspring mount fluidly into a split jump to Korbut, get it beam queen. Roundoff layout is super solid. Full turn, very nice. Split leap to sissone, fantastic. Bhs loso, she knows she’s off there so she just does the one loso (she normally does two) and takes the bobble instead of risking the second loso and falling. SMART GIRL. Switch ring leap, front aerial to split ring jump, side somi, slight hip adjustment. Split ring leap, little bobble, I still can’t get over how amazing her ring shapes look. Double pike with a lunge back. Absolutely fantastic routine. DO THIS IN EVENT FINALS PLEASE. 13.500! Not bad considering the missed skill. 8.1 E is great for her.
3:26 pm. Martina Dominici ARG BB: Split leap mount, switch to switch half, maybe a tad low but solid. Roundoff layout, wobble and leg up, but hit! Punch front, step forward, a little tentative, but also hit. Side aerial, showed really nice amplitude on her jump series, switch side, all good. Double pike, the second flip looked slow to rotate and her chest is pretty low, but it was a hit dismount, and an overall excellent routine for her! 12.800
Katriel Sousa 11.750 UB, Sandra Collantes 12.200 FX
3:25 pm. Yesenia Ferrera CUB VT: DTY, leg form is a bit wild, step OOB, but she showed more power than anyone else who did this vault from the top group, and overall it was stronger in form as well. 14.500!
3:24 pm. Karelys Diaz 13.050 VT, Maria Del Sol Perez 11.600 UB
3:21 pm. Thais Fidelis BRA BB: Full turn, super solid bhs loso loso, just a little low with her chest. Switch to switch half to straddle jump, a little short on the last bit, and a front aerial to split jump to back handspring, leg up, but she really showed off her toe point in that series. Wolf jump to sissone. Side aerial, wobble, Punch front, solid! Double pike is great, chest is just down below horizontal. Amazing job! 13.000
Luciana Alvarado 13.250 VT, Ana Palacios 12.600 FX, Andrea Maldonado 12.000 UB
3:19 pm. Simona Castro CHI VT: FTY, nice and tidy! Just a lunge back. 13.250
3:18 pm. Danusia Francis 12.650 FX, she should pretty easily go 51+ again!
Paulina Campos 12.050 VT
3:15 pm. Riley McCusker USA BB: Lots of pressure right now but I really hope she can just go to town on some angry beam. Triple wolf it a TINY bit bobblier than normal but her double is golden. Split leap to front aerial to straddle jump, check at the hips, and then I think she has a little wobble on choreo. Same. Bhs bhs layout is the most solid it’s been. Just little knee form things. Switch to switch half to Korbut is great. Side aerial to split jump to back tuck, little adjustment in her hips. Double tuck with a lunge back. She’s getting so confident with this! The bobbles in the past would’ve turned into worse but now she corrects them so easily. 14.200
Anapaula Gutierrez 13.900 VT, did a Yurchenko 1.5.
3:13 pm. I still don’t know what happened with Ellie’s beam score in qualifications, but she’s capable of a solid 13.5 with a hit routine so hopefully she can do that today! Otherwise if Kara kills it she’ll have a pretty great chance of taking over that lead…it’s a wide gap right now but Kara pulling in close to a 15 will make a big difference.
3:09 pm. ROTATION 2 STANDINGS
1. Ellie Black CAN 28.750
2. Kara Eaker USA 27.900
3. Riley McCusker USA 27.400
4. Martina Dominici ARG 27.150
5. Flavia Saraiva BRA 26.950
6. Thais Fidelis 26.450
7. Andrea Maldonado PUR 25.800
8. Luna Fernandez ARG 25.700
3:07 pm. Ariana Orrego PER BB: Bhs loso, hips are crooked in the layout and she’s too far to the side to hit it. 😦 Fall. Full turn. Side somi, wobble, transverse split jump half is better. Side aerial, swings her leg through too far and falls again. Peru was amazing on day one but today just isn’t their day. Low back leg on her split leap into a tour jeté and then into a jump. Front aerial to split jump to back handspring is done very well. 1.5 with a hop back.
3:06 pm. Long wait right now for Marcia Vidiaux’s beam score. The wait for Ellie’s bars score was almost 10 minutes, FYI. Like…what are you doing.
Finally in, and it’s a 10.900, yikes and ugh ugh ugh.
3:04 pm. WOW, 14.300 for Ellie! She has almost a full point lead going to beam.
3:01 pm. Karelys Diaz PUR FX: AMAZING double pike, OMG. Her body position on the landing! She won nationals last month and I really underestimated her with Andrea Maldonado and Paula Mejias here, but Karelys has been amazing this whole meet! Also crushed a 2.5 to front tuck, switch leap to switch full pretty great as well. Double tuck is clean but slightly short, just steps forward out of it. Hit the last pass just a bit short. 11.650
3:00 pm. Still waiting for Ellie Black’s score…
2:57 pm. Luciana Alvarado CRC FX: Simone’s old music! Love. Double pike, a couple of steps back. Switch ring to tour jeté half, then a triple L turn! Okay, Sanne. 1.5 with a hop forward. Split ring leap had some form things going on. Full Y turn. Nice switch half down into some choreo. Clean front handspring front full. Another excellent routine for her today! 11.400
2:56 pm. Ellie Black CAN UB: Maloney to Hindorff, good! Short handstand before the Shang, hop change to piked Jaeger to Pak, form issues on all but they’re her usual minor issues. Van Leeuwen, good, just some ankles, blind full, EXCELLENT tucked toe front half, the landing was nuts. 14.300
2:55 pm. Paulina Campos 12.100 FX, Sandra Collantes 11.350 BB
2:52 pm. Flavia Saraiva BRA UB: Low piked Tkachev into a Pak, toe-on to Maloney to super low Tkachev, damn, her but practically touches the bar. Toe full, blind change to front giant to double front, really clean in her tucks but unsure of the landing, kind of flies forward. 12.800
2:51 pm. I can hear Simona Castro’s “Gangsta’s Paradise” music in the background and I’m truly living.
2:50 pm. Martina Dominici ARG UB: Toe full, a little rushed, some ankle separation, Maloney is clean, to a Pak, also well done. Van Leeuwen, gets it no problem, blind change, tiniest ankle separation, into the piked Jaeger, suuuuper high and tight double tuck! Just bounces in place. 13.300
2:49 pm. Danusia Francis 12.750 BB, Katriel Sousa 12.950 VT, Paola Ruano 12.150 VT, Maria Del Sol Perez 11.700 VT, Anapaula Gutierrez 10.900 FX
2:48 pm. Thais Fidelis BRA UB: Maloney to Pak, super arched and her legs are bent, van Leeuwen with some leg form issues, blind change to piked Jaeger, a little low but not too bad, VERY nice air on her Tkachev! Blind change, and a solid double tuck with a hop. 12.750
2:45 pm. Riley McCusker USA UB: Stalder full to Maloney to kind of a low Tkachev but still no problems getting it over, nice handstand after that, but then she misses the Ricna completely…omg idk what she was doing with her arms?! Like, she was like “NO, NOT CATCHING THIS.” It was so weird. 😦 Pak, van Leeuwen, toe-on, blind change, front giant to half-in double tuck with a step back.
She was downgraded there with connections in addition to not getting credited for the Ricna so that’s going to be a rough D. My reaction was basically the same as her mom’s tbh. 13.150, D is 5.5, not as severe as I thought, I guess she still had 8 skills even without the Ricna!
2:44 pm. Victoria-Kayen Woo 12.550 BB, Andrea Maldonado 13.400 VT
2:43 pm. Kara Eaker USA UB: Church to Pak, nice, just some slight leg form issues. Good van Leeuwen, clear hip right into handstand, clear hip full is also SUPER on the bar, sway in her back is just slight, piked Jaeger and a double layout, clean with a little bounce back. Her double layout is pretty much PERFECTLY straight, it’s insane. She just bends her knees to prep for the landing, similar to vault. 13.950
2:42 pm. Luna Fernandez 13.350 VT
2:40 pm. Yesenia Ferrera CUB FX: Tucked full-in, bounces back into a lunge with her back foot OOB. EXCELLENT 2.5! She floated right down into that landing. 1.5 to front full is good. Beautiful switch leap to switch full. Super open double pike, bounces back OOB again. Some really good things in there. She just needs to get used to competing again. 12.500
2:38 pm. Riley had some trouble with a release in the touch warm-up but Sandra Collantes gave us some good work on beam as “Mambo #5” played in the background with “a little bit of Sandra in the sun.”
2:35 pm. ROTATION 1 STANDINGS
1. Ellie Black CAN 14.450
2. Riley McCusker USA 14.250
3. Flavia Saraiva BRA 14.150
4. Kara Eaker USA 13.950
5. Martina Dominici ARG 13.850
6. Thais Fidelis BRA 13.700
7. Marcia Vidiaux CUB 13.000
8. Victoria-Kayen Woo CAN 12.950
2:34 pm. Paola Ruano 11.100 FX
2:32 pm. Luciana Alvarado CRC BB: Bhs loso, a little jerky between the two, but solid overall. Front aerial, dances back out of it into a side aerial, nice. Just a slight check. Switch leap to split leap to split jump, good! She seems so calm and smooth. Transverse split jump half, nice toe point, but a little bobble. Check on the full turn, comes in a bit low and piked in her punch the front full dismount but she lands it no problem, and overall that was very nice and she has a lot of truly great qualities in her movements! 12.450!
2:31 pm. Katriel Sousa 11.650 FX
2:29 pm. Marcia Vidiaux 13.000 UB
2:28 pm. Simona Castro CHI BB: Switch leap, nice, bhs layout, a bit piked and a leg-up wobble, but nice save. Front aerial, hip check, straddle jump. Wobble on the full turn. Switch half, just some foot stuff, and she’s a little low on the sissone to wolf jump. Side aerial, another break at the hips, switch side after that was good and solid after everything else. Ugh, sat the 2.5 dismount. 😦 What a bummer. 10.650
Maria Del Sol Perez 10.550 FX
2:27 pm. Paulina Campos 11.500 BB
2:25 pm. Sandra Collantes PER UB: UB: Blind full, some slight ankle separation, blind change to straddle Jaeger, hit her feet on the bar in the swing out of it. UGH. Bail to toe shoot, nice handstand before her giants into her double layout dismount, comes off the bar super low and does it to her knees. But because she comes from NCAA she’s like “nbd” and smiles as she leaves. 10.950
2:24 pm. Andrea Maldonado 12.400 FX, Anapaula Gutierrez 11.100 BB, Ana Palacios 10.400 UB
2:23 pm. Flavia Saraiva BRA VT: DTY, leg form is a little softer and looser than it was the other day and she’s also a bit short with a rebound forward and her chest down. 14.150
2:21 pm. Martina Dominici ARG VT: DTY, so glad she has this back, it’s mostly good, she’s just a little short coming in for the landing and kinda leaps forward out of the landing. Just needs a tiny bit more oomph and in her block to make this look nicer. 13.850
2:20 pm. Thais Fidelis BRA VT: FTY, nice amplitude, pretty clean in the air, mostly solid on the landing. Best-executed vault so far by a lot. 13.700
Victoria-Kayen Woo 12.950 UB, Luna Fernandez 12.350 FX, Danusia Francis 12.750 UB, Yesenia Ferrera 11.250 BB
2:19 pm. Riley McCusker USA VT: DTY, MUCH better than day one!! Twists it well and lands it very well, just chest down, a little off to the side, and some crossed ankles in the air. 14.250
2:17 pm. Kara Eaker USA VT: Yurchenko 1.5, came in REALLY low and bent-armed onto the table so her block was pretty weak, has to fully tuck her knees for an entire full rotation but the landing is just as good as it was the other day. 13.950
2:16 pm. Karelys Diaz 11.475 BB, Heika Del Sol Salas 11.400 FX, Ariana Orrego 11.400 UB
2:13 pm. Ellie Black CAN VT: Just a 20 year wait for her for some reason. Literally no one has gone, why is this such a problem?! She waited up there for straight up three minutes before vaulting. Handspring front layout full, but it’s great, almost stuck! The usual with the piked hips off the table and she holds the pike a bit longer than she has been lately but the landing was great. 14.450
2:12 pm. The top group is still finishing up vault but the rest of the touch is done! Any second now.
2:11 pm. Just as I said that the camera cut to Ellie Black getting ready to do her touch…ugh but then it cut away, so nevermind, lol.
2:10 pm. Really hoping Ellie brings it with a Rudi today but her full has been looking so strong lately, it might not be worth risking something bigger. I wish we could actually see the touch!
2:09 pm. Actually, touch warm-ups are happening NOW. They introduced all of the athletes instead of just having them walk in which was kinda nice.
2:05 pm. The athletes are marching out now and the touch warm-up is beginning!
1:56 pm. The women’s all-around final will be underway shortly!
For the U.S., it’s Riley McCusker and Kara Eaker coming in to challenge for gold ahead of reigning all-around champion Ellie Black, who won the title at home in Canada four years ago.
Also competing in the top group are Brazil’s Flavia Saraiva and Thais Fidelis, as well as Martina Dominici, and all three of these gymnasts have a chance to improve on their beam scores today after struggling in qualifications.
In addition to the top group, Peru will see two gymnasts in the second group, as NCAA standouts Sandra Collantes and Ariana Orrego both had a fantastic day one and helped Peru to a record-breaking fifth place in the team competition.
Fan favorite Danusia Francis of Jamaica is also in this group, as are Ana Palacios of Guatemala, who recently upgraded her vault, Cuba’s star Marcia Vidiaux, and Canada’s Victoria-Kayen Woo, who edged out Brooklyn Moors to make this final and will show especially beautiful work on floor.