Maestas finishes fourth at 2011 Pan Am Games
posted on 10/26/2011
Photos by Grace Chiu

GUADALAJARA, Mexico, Oct. 26, 2011 – C.J. Maestas of Corrales, N.M./University of Illinois, earned a close fourth-place finish in the all-around finals at the 2011 Pan American Games, held at the Nissan Gymnastics Stadium in the Lopez Mateos Sports Complex. Gymnastics competition continues tomorrow with the men's and women's individual event finals.

"There are no excuses," Maestas said. "This just makes me hungry. Of course, I want to go out there and win, but things happen. I'm proud of my performance – I just have to work harder."

Colombia's Jossimar Calvo and Jorge Giraldo placed first and second, with all-around totals of 86.400 and 86.200, respectively, as Chile's Enrique Gonzalez held on to third with a 86.050. USA's Brandon Wynn of Columbus, Ohio/Team Hilton HHonors (Ohio State University), finished eighth.

In the first rotation, Maestas began the competition on floor with a tuck double-twisting double back and a full-in dismount, earning a 14.650. Wynn, on pommel horse, posted a score of 12.250.

On still rings, in rotation two, Wynn performed an Azarian Maltese to a bounce cross and dismounted with a tuck double double. With rings being one of Wynn's strongest events, he earned the highest-ranked score of 15.200. Maestas followed on pommel horse, executing a Magyar to Sivado and a Tong Fei, and received a score of 13.200.

In the third rotation, Maestas performed tucked and piked Yamawakis and dismounted with a tuck double double on still rings, to earn a score of 14.850. Wynn performed a handspring double front on vault and posted a score of 15.250.

Wynn led off on the parallel bars in the fourth rotation. Performing a giant Suarez front and a piked double back dismount, Wynn scored a 13.350. Maestas followed on vaultwith a Yurchenko double twist, scoring a 15.100.

On the parallel bars in the fifth rotation, Maestas led with a peach half, a peach, a Belle and a double pike dismount, scoring a 13.850. Wynn, performing on the horizontal bar, included a stuck full twisting double layout dismount to earn a score of 14.100.

On the last event, Wynn competed on floor with a front full to double front and a double twisting layout front to earn a score of 12.500 and a final total of 82.650 to put him in eighth place. Maestas, the last competitor on the horizontal bar, included a full Takamoto to Yamawaki, a Kolman and a laid out, double-twisting double dismount and posted a 13.650 for a total overall score of 85.300, landing him in fourth place.

"Coming to this meet and getting into an event final has been an honor," Wynn said of his prospects for the still rings final. "So I'm going to throw it all in and see what happens tomorrow."

The finals schedule is: Oct. 27-28, individual events, both at 1 p.m. All times are local.

The U.S. gymnasts competing in the individual event finals are: women's vault – Brandie Jay of Ft. Collins, Colo./GK Gymnastics; uneven bars – Bridgette Caquatto of Naperville, Ill./Legacy Elite Gymnastics LLC, and Shawn Johnson of West Des Moines, Iowa/Chow's Gymnastics and Dance Institute; balance beam – third reserve athlete: Jessie DeZiel of Rogers, Minn./Twin City Twisters; and floor exercise – DeZiel; men's floor exercise – Donothan Bailey of Lake Forest, Calif./University of California – Berkley, and first reserve athlete: Tyler Mizoguchi of Houston/University of Illinois; pommel horse – second reserve athlete: Bailey; still rings – Brandon Wynn of Columbus, Ohio/Team Hilton HHonors (Ohio State University), and C.J. Maestas of Corrales, N.M./University of Illinois; vault – Paul Ruggeri of Manlius, N.Y./University of Illinois; parallel bars – Sho Nakamori of Albany, Calif./Champions Academy, and Ruggeri; and horizontal bar – Ruggeri and Maestas.

Competition schedule
All times Eastern
Oct. 272:00-5:00 P.M.Individual event finals
Men: floor exercise, pommel horse still rings
Women: vault, uneven bars
Oct. 282:00-5:00 P.M.Individual event finals
Men: vault, parallel bars, horizontal bar
Women: balance beam, floor exercise

Ways to follow the excitement of the Pan American Games in the U.S.
  • TV broadcast

    • ESPN Deportes, U.S. rights holder of the 2011 Pan American Games, is showing between 90-120 hours of live and exclusive footage on both Deportes and ESPN3. The network has been broadcasting a minimum of three hours of live coverage featuring the top events each day and will continue to do so throughout the Closing Ceremony. Coverage will feature a wide range of competitions including baseball, basketball, boxing, soccer, swimming, track & field, volleyball and several others.
    • Live events may not be seen in some areas and the schedule is subject to change. All listed times are Eastern. View the ESPN Deportes broadcast schedule here.
    • ESPN2 is also airing the Pan American Games with 20 hours of English-language coverage throughout the event. View the schedule here.

  • Live internet streaming - Fans can watch select events live at deportes.terra.com.

  • Results

    • To view daily schedules and get results from all Pan American Games competitions, visit info.guadalajara2011.org.mx.
    • ESPNDeportes.com/Panamericanos has the latest news and information surrounding the competitions, athletes and each country with exclusive content, video highlights, live chats with the experts on-site, and live scores.

  • Team information

    • USA Gymnastics' Pan American events page, http://usagym.org/panam, and twitter feed @USAGym, will have results, photos and other information on the U.S. Team's efforts in Guadalajara.
    • Follow @USOlympic on Twitter for breaking news updates on Team USA. Also, follow NGB Twitter feeds for additional coverage: Twitter.com/USOlympic/NGB.
    • Visit TeamUSA.org/events/6958 for the updated U.S. roster (by sport, state and Olympians), the USA Daily newsletter and photos from the Pan American Games.


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