El­lie Black wins gold, bronze for Canada

The Prince George Citizen - - Sports -

LIMA, Peru — El­lie Black be­came Canada’s most dec­o­rated Pan Amer­i­can gym­nast on Tues­day af­ter win­ning gold in the women’s vault com­pe­ti­tion and fol­low­ing with a bronze in un­even bars.

The re­sults gave the Hal­i­fax na­tive nine medals (five gold, two sil­ver, two bronze) over her ca­reer, eclips­ing the pre­vi­ous Cana­dian record of eight held by Wil­lie Weiler. The five gold medals are also a Cana­dian Pan Am record.

Black has three medals in Lima af­ter she suc­cess­fully de­fended her women’s all-around Pan Am ti­tle on Mon­day. She has a chance to add to her haul to­day in the beam and floor com­pe­ti­tions. Black won gold in both events at the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games.

“To­day was awe­some. I was re­ally happy to be out there with my team-mates Shal­lon (Olsen) on vault and Brook­lyn (Moors) on un­even bars,” Black said. “We wanted to de­liver some strong per­for­mances and we were able to do that. It is awe­some to bring some more medals home for Canada.”

On Tues­day, Black scored 14.450 points on the vault to fin­ish ahead of Cuba’s Ye­se­nia Fer­rera (14.391). Olsen of Sur­rey was third with 14.183.

“It was great stand­ing up there with El­lie. She is more than a team­mate. She is a role model to me,” Olsen said. “She has re­ally had a great im­pact on me at these Games.”

Ri­ley McCusker won the women’s un­even bars with 14.533 points, ahead of fel­low Amer­i­can Leanne Wong (14.300) and Black (14.000). Moors, of Cam­bridge, Ont., was sixth.

Zachary Clay of Chilliwack and Justin Karstadt of Toronto were sixth and sev­enth in the men’s pom­mel horse, while Rene Cournoyer of Re­pentigny, Que., was sixth in the men’s rings.

Mean­while, Cana­dian kayak­ers also had a big day with two gold medals and a sil­ver.

An­dreanne Lan­glois of Lac-Beau­port, Que., and Alana Bray-Lougheed of Oakville, Ont., com­bined for gold in the women’s K-2 500-me­tres while Do­minik Crete of Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Que., won the men’s K-1 200 me­tres. Lan­glois added a sil­ver in the K-1 1200m.

Canada fin­ished with 10 medals (three gold, five sil­ver, two bronze) in the ca­noe and kayak events in Lima.

Lan­glois leaves South Amer­ica with four medals (two gold, two sil­ver).

“I’m re­ally happy with a lot of my races,” she said. “It was a re­ally big chal­lenge to do as many races as that, but that was the chal­lenge that I wanted to make so it was good to try. I learned a lot. Even if I’ve been pad­dling for 20 years, I still learn.”

With a gold medal at his first Pam Am Games un­der his belt, Crete was turn­ing his fo­cus to the Tokyo Olympics.

“I’ve only been pad­dling since 2015 so it’s only my fourth year pad­dling. For sure it will help me to keep on fo­cus­ing on Tokyo 2020,” he said. “Hav­ing won the con­ti­nen­tal (cham­pi­onship) gives us a good idea of how strong we are go­ing to be for next year.” Anna Roy-Cyr of Lac-Beau­port fin­ished fifth in the women’s C1 200m

Wa­ter ski­ing

Dorien Llewellyn of In­n­is­fail, Alta., won gold in the men’s over­all event with a to­tal score of 2,885.50 points.

Whit­ney McClin­tock-Rini of Cam­bridge, Ont., took sil­ver in the women’s over­all event, while Paige Rini of Kingston, Ont., was fourth.

Beach vol­ley­ball

Ar­gentina de­feated Aaron Nus­baum of Aurora, Ont., and Michael Plantinga of Lan­g­ley, B.C., 2-0 in the men’s bronze-medal match.

Bad­minton

Michelle Li of Markham, Ont., ad­vanced to the women’s quar­ter­fi­nals with a 2-0 (21-7, 21-13) win over Costa Rica’s Lau­ren Vil­lalo­bos and Rachel Hon­derich of Toronto also moved on with a 2-0 (21-11, 21-10) win over Nairoby Jiminez of the Do­mini­can Repub­lic.

Jason Ho-Shue of Markham is through to the men’s quar­ter­fi­nals with a 2-0 (21-12, 21-9) win over Brazil’s Farias Fran­ciel­ton, as is Toronto’s Brian Yang of af­ter a 2-0 (21-11, 21-10) win over An­dres Lopez of Mex­ico.

Two Cana­dian teams ad­vanced to the quar­ter­fi­nals in mixed dou­bles.

Nyl Yakura of Pick­er­ing, Ont., and Kris­ten Tsai of Sur­rey posted a 2-0 (21-11, 21-10) vic­tory over Brazil and Joshua Hurl­burt-Yu of Toronto and Josephine Wu of Ed­mon­ton beat Ecuador 2-0 (21-9, 21-8).

Field hockey

Canada de­feated Mex­ico 5-1 in men’s com­pe­ti­tion. Toronto’s Oliver Scholfield and Mark Pear­son of Tsawwassen led the way with two goals each while Van­cou­ver’s David Carter posted a shutout. Canada’s next match is Thurs­day against the United States.

Ten­nis

Carolina Alves of Brazil de­feated Van­cou­ver’s Rebecca Marino 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 in women’s firstround play, while Peru’s Dana Guz­man and Do­minique Schae­fer beat Toronto’s Jada Bui and Van­cou­ver’s Alexan­dra Va­gramov 6-4, 6-4 in the first round of women’s dou­bles.

Squash

Hol­lie Naughton of Mis­sis­sauga, Ont., Sa­man­tha Cor­nett of Deep River, Ont., and Danielle Le­tourneau of Calgary beat Chile 3-0 to ad­vance to a semi­fi­nal matchup against Colom­bia on Wed­nes­day.

Shoot­ing

Matthew Van Haaren of Mil­grove, Ont., was sixth in men’s trap.

Hand­ball

Canada beat Peru 31-12 in the sev­enth-place game.

CANA­DIAN OLYMPIC COM­MIT­TEE PHOTO BY VINCENT ETHIER, VIA CP

El­lie Black sticks the land­ing in the vault at the Pan Amer­i­can Games in Lima, Peru on Tues­day. Black won gold in vault, and later won bronze in the un­even bars.

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