USA men win team silver medal at 2012 Junior Pan American Gymnastics Championships
posted on 06/22/2012
INDIANAPOLIS, June 22, 2012— Akash Modi of Morganville, N.J./Monmouth Gymnastics Academy, led the U.S. junior men to team silver with an all-around score of 84.500, which earned the individual all-around bronze at the 2012 Junior Pan American Gymnastics Championships in Medellin, Colombia. Colombia placed first with a 254.600, the U.S. earned second with a 252.450 and Puerto Rico took third with a 245.450.
In the all-around, Colombia’s Jossimar Calvo placed first with an 88.950 and Puerto Rico’s Alexis Torres placed second with an 84.700. All four U.S. men finished in the top 11 for individual all-around.
Competition concludes with individual events on Saturday and Sunday.
“Our guys performed well against some tough competition tonight,” said U.S. junior men’s coach Xiaoping Li. “We had nice placement by all four of our athletes and are looking forward to the individual events on Saturday.”
Joey Peters of Orefield, Pa./Parkettes National Gymnastics Center, finished fifth in the all-around with an 83.200 and qualified for the most individual event finals for Team USA. He scored a 13.700 on still rings, 13.550 on pommel horse, and 13.850 on high bar, which were all good enough for fourth place and qualification to event finals. Peters also placed 10th and earned a second alternate spot on floor exercise with a 13.800.
Modi qualified for two event finals after he placed second on pommel horse with a 13.700 and tied for fifth on floor with 14.250. He earned a second alternate spot on high bar with a 13.300, 10th place finish. Modi also finished eighth on still rings with a 13.500, but did not advance to the finals due to the two per country rule.
Marvin Kimble of Milwaukee, Wis./Swiss Turners Gymnastics Academy, qualified for two event finals with two third-place finishes. He scored a 13.800 on still rings and a 15.200 on vault en route to an 11th place all-around finish of 80.950. Kimble also earned sixth on pommel horse with 13.150, 15th on floor with 13.600 and 27th on high bar with 12.050.
Timothy Wang of Riverside, Calif./South Coast Gymnastics, finished seventh in the individual all-around with an 82.750 after finishing top-12 on each apparatus. He placed eighth on vault with a 14.425 and ninth on pommel horse with a 13.000 for his two best results of the day. Wang twice tied for 10th with a 13.800 on floor and a 13.300 on high bar. He also placed 12th on still rings with a 13.100.