USA wins eight junior event medals at Gymnix International
posted on 03/12/2017

© Grace Chiu

MONTREAL, Que., Canada, March 12, 2017 – Team USA won eight junior individual event medals on the final day of the 2017 Gymnix International at the Claude-Robillard Sports Complex in Montreal, Que., Canada. The USA swept the event gold medals: Emma Malabuyo of Flower Mound, Texas/Texas Dreams, vault; Gabby Perea of Geneva, Ill./Legacy Elite, uneven bars and balance beam, and tied with Maile O’Keefe of Las Vegas/Salcianu Elite, floor exercise. In addition to her gold medal on floor, O’Keefe brought home the vault silver and balance beam bronze. Sunisa Lee of Saint Paul, Minn./Midwest Gymnastics Center, took silver on the uneven bars.

Malabuyo took top honors on vault with a 14.388, followed by O’Keefe in second (14.100). Asia D’Amato of Italy was third (13.975).

Perea won the uneven bars crown with her 14.600. Lee earned the silver medal (14.125), followed by Italy’s Eliza Iorio in third (13.725). Perea clinched her second gold medal on the balance beam with a 13.825. Canada’s Zoé Allaire-Bourgie finished second (13.575), and O’Keefe captured the bronze medal (12.575).

On floor exercise, O’Keefe and Perea tied for the title, each scoring a 13.675. Canada’s Ana Padurariu claimed the bronze medal with a score of 13.500.

On Saturday, the USA won the junior team title with a 166.603 total, ahead of Italy (164.038) and Russia (157.405). O’Keefe posted a 55.934 to win the all-around crown, and Perea claimed the silver medal with a 55.700. Giorgia Villa of Italy rounded out the top three at 55.502.

Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States. Its mission is to encourage participation and the pursuit of excellence in the sport. Its disciplines include men's and women's artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, acrobatic gymnastics, and group gymnastics (known internationally as Gymnastics for All). For more information, log on to www.usagym.org.