Penev, Mikulak win gold medals at Anadia World Challenge Cup
posted on 06/01/2014

ANADIA, Portugal, May 31, 2014 – Eddie Penev of Penfield, N.Y./Team Hilton HHonors (Stanford University), and Sam Mikulak of Corona del Mar, Calif./University of Michigan, won the vault and horizontal bar titles, respectively, at the Anadia (Portugal) World Challenge Cup. Mikulak also claimed the parallel bars bronze medal.

In the vault, Penev won the gold medal with a two-vault average of 15.100. Audrys Nin Reyes of the Dominican Republic was second at 15.025, with China’s Qu Ruiyang in third with 14.987. Mikulak was fifth (14.375). Penev’s two vault scores were 15.225 and 14.975, and Mikulak’s two vaults earned a 14.500 and 14.250.

For the high bar, Mikulak successfully defended his 2013 title when he posted a 15.450 to secure the gold medal. Croatia’s Marijo Moznik scored a 15.125 for second, and Brazil’s Francisco Barreto was third at 15.050.

On the parallel bars, Mikulak earned a 15.125, good for the bronze medal. He finished behind France’s Kevin Antoniotti at 15.550 and Slovenia’s Mitja Petkovsek at 15.475.

Earlier, Penev and Mikulak went one-two on the floor exercise. Alex Naddour of Gilbert, Ariz./Team Hilton HHonors (USA Youth Fitness), won the pommel horse gold and the still rings silver medals.