Jeffrey Gluckstein and Ruben Padilla
© Ricardo Bufolin

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, June 13, 2021 – Jeffrey Gluckstein of Atlantic Heights, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy led all U.S. athletes in the senior men’s trampoline competition at this weekend’s Senior Pan American Championships. The World team silver medalist finished second Saturday at the Parque Olímpico – Arena Carioca after qualifying in the top position on Friday. Gluckstein (56.610) was edged by Colombia’s Angel Hernandez Recalde (57.220) in the event final. U.S. teammate Cody Gesuelli of Huntsville, Ala./Merino Trampoline Gymnastics Academy finished third with a 56.095. Ruben Padilla of Bluffdale, Utah/Wasatch Trampoline & Tumbling qualified in fifth, but did not advance to the final due to the two-athlete-per-country limit.

Despite this, Padilla finished the weekend with three gold medals to add to his collection. The team of Gesuelli, Gluckstein and Padilla took the senior men’s team title, posting a combined 316.275. Argentina finished in second with a 300.610, and Colombia was third with a 298.815.

Padilla and Gesuelli also secured the top spot in men’s synchronized trampoline with a 50.415. Argentina’s Bernardo Aquino and Santiago Ferrari (45.540) and Colombia’s Diego Giraldo Garzon and Julian Alvis Diaz (43.400) claimed second and third.

In the men’s 17-21 Age Group, Padilla earned gold with a 55.695, while Zachary Ramacci of St. John, Ind./TwistStars Tumbling and Trampoline finished second with a 54.050. Mexico’s Adrian Martinez Larralde (53.960) rounded out the top three. Changa Anderson of Washington, D.C./Silver Stars Gymnastics qualified in fourth, finishing less than a tenth of a point behind Ramacci who claimed the second and final U.S. spot in Sunday’s event final. Based on these exceptional performances, the U.S. has secured two quota spots for the 2021 Junior Pan American Games, which will take place in Cali, Colombia later this year.

Cody Gesuelli – Trampoline bronze medalist

Ruben Padilla and Cody Gesuelli – Synchro gold medalists