Zeng, Kerber collect gold, silver in hoop, ball finals at Pan Ams
posted on 07/19/2015

© Grace Chiu

TORONTO, Ont., Canada, July 19, 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, respectively, in both the hoop and ball rhythmic gymnastics finals at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto. The U.S. rhythmic group finished in second place in the five ribbon final.

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

Performing to Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 14, Zeng earned the gold and a 16.833 for her hoop routine. She opened the exercise with a beautiful catch on a split leap and closed with an intricate catch while performing a back walkover. Kerber was also clean in a classical routine of her own. She showed her trademark control on spins and had precise rotations under big tosses for a 16.300 and the silver. Brazil’s Angelica Kvieczynski was third (15.358).

Zeng and Kerber completed their third one-two finish of the Games in the ball final, where Zeng took the gold with a 16.883. She opened with a clean catch on a leap and showed beautiful control on a mastery where she moved the ball from foot-to-foot in a front walkover. Kerber scored 16.100 for the silver medal. She performed to dramatic music, “Pulling a Thread,” where she was clean and smooth on a well-controlled back attitude spin to balance. Mexico’s Karla Diaz Arnal was third with a 15.267.

In the group five ribbons final, Brazil took the gold with 15.000. The U.S. was second with 13.283. Canada finished in third 12.817.

The U.S. group was the second to compete in today’s five ribbons. They earned a 13.283 for their routine performed to Lucia Di Lammermoor. 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 continues tonight with men’s and women’s finals. 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.

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