Zeng, Kerber go one-two in all-around at Pan Ams
posted on 07/18/2015

TORONTO, Ont., Canada, July 18, 2015 – 2014 Youth Olympic Games bronze medalist Laura Zeng of Libertyville, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, and two-time World all-around finalist Jazzy Kerber of Highland Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, finished first and second in the rhythmic gymnastics all-around competition at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto. Both Kerber and Zeng advanced to all four individual apparatus finals. The U.S. rhythmic group finished in second place.

Rhythmic gymnastics at the Pan Am Games continues at the Toronto (Ont.) Coliseum tomorrow with the first day of event finals for individuals and group. Competition begins at 10 a.m. ET. Later today, trampoline competition gets underway, beginning at 7 pm ET.

Zeng totaled a 64.575 for the gold medal, with Kerber earning a 62.200 for second. Canada’s Patricia Bezzoubenko scored 60.399 for the bronze medal. Zeng is the fourth straight U.S. woman to win the all-around at the Pan Games, after Mary Sanders (2003), Lisa Wang (2007) and Julie Zetlin (2011). This is the second time in Pan Am Games history that Team USA has gone one-two in the rhythmic all-around final.

Entering today’s competition in second place, Zeng wasted no time in taking the lead. Her dynamic clubs routine got the crowd going as she tossed the apparatus high into the air, completing many quick rotations before a clean catch. She scored a 16.433 to move into the lead after three events. Zeng didn’t let up in the final rotation. Moving well with ribbon, the event where she advanced to a World Cup final earlier this season, she posted the highest score of the all-around final, a 16.667, to take the gold.

Kerber started the competition off with a 14.933 for her clubs routine. She bobbled a mastery early on in the routine, but came back strong and showed beautiful control as she executed a rotation to a balance. Performing to “Hijo de la Luna,” Kerber completed her all-around competition with a ribbon routine that earned 14.517.

In the group all-around final, Brazil took the gold with a 30.233 total. The U.S. was second with 29.275. Cuba finished in third with a 25.692 total. This was first medal in the rhythmic group all-around competition at Pan Ams for Team USA since 1995.

The U.S. group was the first to compete in today’s six clubs/two hoops competition. They earned a 14.675, beginning with all six clubs connected, interlocking with the hoops. The members of the rhythmic gymnastics group, who train at North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, are: Kiana Eide of Northbrook, Ill.; Alisa Kano of Glencoe, Ill.; Natalie McGiffert of Northbrook, Ill.; Monica Rokhman of Northbrook, Ill.; Jennifer Rokhman of Northbrook, Ill.; and Kristen Shaldybin of Chicago.

Trampoline begins tonight with men’s and women’s qualifications and finals on July 19. The U.S. squad features: men – Logan Dooley of Lake Forest, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, and Steven Gluckstein of Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy; and women – Charlotte Drury of Laguna Niguel, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, and Clare Johnson of Huntsville, Ala./The Matrix.

For more information, go to toronto2015.org.

ESPN and ESPN2 will present live 66 hours. ESPN’s telecasts will kick off with the Opening Ceremony on Friday, July 10, at 7:30 p.m. – marking the first English-language live presentation of the ceremony in 30 years – and wrap up with a five-hour live window on July 26 for the closing day of the Games, starting at 1:00 p.m. Between July 11- 25, ESPN2 will present two to six hours of daily live coverage focused on men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball, diving, swimming, gymnastics, boxing, track and field, and soccer. The network will also present daily highlights of all medal winners and the action across every venue.

ESPN3 will carry 580 hours of Pan American Games programming, with live access to almost every competition in more than 15 different disciplines, including basketball, gymnastics, swimming, diving, soccer, volleyball, karate, taekwondo, track and field, and many others.

Every Pan American coverage option on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, Longhorn Network, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes+ will also be available through WatchESPN, accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360, and Xbox One to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.