USA brings home 29 medals from men’s, women’s individual event finals
posted on 04/29/2018

MEDELLIN, Colombia, April 29, 2018 – From individual event finals, the U.S. Team captured 29 medals, including 14 gold, 11 silver and four bronze, on the final day of the 2018 Pacific Rim Championships in Medellin, Colombia.

The U.S. medalists for the event finals are listed below.

Gold

  • Justin Ah Chow of Miami/Universal Gymnastics, vault, parallel bars, junior
  • Lazarus Barnhill, Houston/Cypress Gymnastics, floor exercise, junior
  • Jordan Bowers, Lincoln, Neb./Solid Rock Gymnastics, floor exercise, junior
  • Jordan Chiles, Vancouver, Wash./Naydenov Gymnastics, vault, floor exercise, senior
  • Kayla DiCello, Boyds, Md./Hill's Gymnastics, uneven bars, vault, junior
  • Asher Hong, Tomball, Texas/Cypress Gymnastics, pommel horse, junior
  • Marvin Kimble, Milwaukee/Salto Gymnastics, pommel horse, senior
  • Sam Mikulak, Newport Coast, Calif./U.S. Olympic Training Center, still rings, horizontal bar, senior
  • Akash Modi, Morganville, N.J./Stanford University, floor exercise, parallel bars, senior

Silver

  • Lazarus Barnhill, Houston/Cypress Gymnastics, vault, horizontal bar, junior
  • Asher Hong, Tomball, Texas/Cypress Gymnastics, floor exercise, junior
  • Grace McCallum, Isanti, Minn./Twin City Twisters, vault, floor exercise, senior
  • Sunisa Lee, St. Paul, Minn./Midwest Gym Center, vault, balance beam, floor exercise, junior
  • Sam Mikulak, Newport Coast, Calif./U.S. Olympic Training Center, floor exercise, parallel bars, senior
  • Akash Modi, Morganville, N.J./Stanford University, still rings senior

Bronze

  • Jordan Bowers, Lincoln, Neb./Solid Rock Gymnastics, uneven bars, junior
  • Jordan Chiles, Vancouver, Wash./Naydenov Gymnastics, balance beam, senior
  • Asher Hong, Tomball, Texas/Cypress Gymnastics, still rings, parallel bars, junior

2017 World all-around champion Morgan Hurd of Middletown, Del./First State Gymnastics, withdrew from the event finals as a precautionary measure after taking a fall on her balance beam dismount in yesterday’s team and all-around competition.

Senior women
Chiles threw a clean double-twisting Yurchenko and a Tsukahara full, which gave her a vault average of 14.188 and the title. McCallum stuck her double-twisting Yurchenko. On her second vault, she executed a tucked Podkopayeva, with a step outside of the area. McCallum claimed the silver (13.975), finishing ahead of Canada’s Sophie Marois (13.688).

McCallum struggled early in her uneven bars routine that included a kip into a half pirouette and a stalder Shaposhnikova, Tkatchev combination. She earned an 11.725 and seventh place. Canada’s Haley de Jong won the title at 12.625, followed by Mexico’s Jimena Moreno (12.375) and Australia’s Kate McDonald (12.025).

On the beam, Chiles missed her tour jete half in an otherwise solid routine that had a back handspring, layout series, a front aerial, side somi and a double pike dismount, posting a 12.175 for the bronze medal. McCallum opened with a back dive mount and triple wolf turn. She missed her first attempt at an aerial cartwheel but repeated it into the layout step-out after remounting. McCallum continued with a punch front, switch to front aerial, and a double back dismount for an 11.275 and seventh place. Australia’s Talia Folino took first (13.175), and Paulina Campos of Mexico was third (12.275).

Chiles opened her floor routine with a one-and-a-half through to an Arabian double front. She bounced out of the double layout and executed a double pike, double tuck to finish with a 13.650 and the title. McCallum’s floor routine had a number of good landings. She began with a full-in, and a front layout, front double full, punch front pass, and stuck her triple full before closing with a double back. She earned a 13.600 and the silver. Canada’s Haley De Jong was third (12.900).

Junior women
DiCello's double twisting Yurchenko earned a 14.525 and the vault title, just ahead of Lee’s 14.375 for her double-twisting Yurchenko. Canada’s Imogen Patterson was third at 13.875.

On the uneven bars, DiCello hit her routine that includes a toe-full, toe-on Shaposhnikova, Pak sequence, a piked Jaeger and a full-out dismount that earned a 13.625 and the gold medal. Despite having to go the wrong way on her toe-on full pirouette, Bowers ended up performing a toe-one one-and-a-half, and then a toe-on Shaposhnikova, Pak, toe-on Shaposhnikova-half combo and piked and straddle Jaegers, with a full-out dismount. Her 12.900 landed her in third. Canada’s Zoe Allaire-Bourgie was second with a 13.225.

For the balance beam, Lee started with a solid double wolf turn, followed by a front aerial and the routine also included two back handsprings to a two-foot layout; a switch leap, switch leap half to a back tuck, a side aerial, layout, layout series, a switch ring and two back handsprings to a double pike with a step back for a 12.850 and the silver. DiCello opened with a triple and double wolf turn. She also had a back handspring to two layout step-outs and two back handsprings to a double full dismount, posting a 12.375 for fourth. Canada’s Allaire-Bourgie won the title at 12.975, with Australia’s Kate Sayer taking the bronze (12.450).

Bowers and Lee went one-two on the floor. Bowers performed a great floor routine that opened with a beautiful double front to stag jump. It also included a full out, a front double full to punch front and a double pike dismount, tallying a 13.725. Lee opened with a big double layout and came back with an Arabian double front, a one-and-a-half to front full and a double pike to close. She earned a 13.225. Allaire-Bourgie was third with a 13.175.

Senior men
Modi’s gold-medal routine opened with a piked double front and a two-and-a-half to front double full, followed by a Randi and concluded with a nearly stuck triple full for a 14.150. Mikulak posted a 14.025 for the silver medal. His routine included a front double full and double front, layout to double front half out, a one-and-a-half to front full, a double full and a two-and-a-half dismount. Chih-Kai Lee of Chinese Taipei captured the bronze at 13.900.

Kimble’s fantastic performance won the pommel horse gold medal. He opened with a scissor to handstand and full Kehr and swung aggressively throughout. After nailing the handstand dismount, Kimble pumped his fist and scored a 14.825. Lee was second at 14.800, followed by Colombia’s Carlos Calvo with 13.175. Mikulak came off the pommel horse during his flair sequence. The rest of the routine included a Magyar, Sivado sequence and a handstand dismount. His 12.950 put him in fifth place.

To take the rings title, Mikulak had a solid still rings that earned a 13.875. His routine had a tucked Yamawaki to whip-it cross, a piked Yamawaki, back uprise handstand, and a double-double tucked dismount. Claiming the silver, Modi executed piked and tucked Yamawakis into a whip-it cross, and he had a small hop on the double-double dismount (13.850). Canada’s Chris Kaji was third (13.600).

Modi and Mikulak finished first and second on the parallel bars. Modi started with a front toss, peach, giant Diamidov, giant, Bhavsar and closed out with a Healy, Diamidov and Stutz. He stuck the tucked full-twisting double back dismount and snared a 14.200 for the gold. To post his 13.825 on the parallel bars, Mikulak had to add an extra swing after his Healy but was clean otherwise, as he also performed a Peach-half, peach, giant Suarez, straddled front to Moy sequence, with a double front-half out dismount. Colombia’s Andres Martinez was third with a 13.450.

Mikulak wrapped up his Pac Rim with the gold on high bar. His 15.000-routine included a Cassina, Kohlman, layout Tkatchev, Tkatchev, Tkatchev half, Zou Li Min and half Takamoto leading into his layout double-double dismount. Modi just missed the bronze medal with his 13.175 routine. He performed a half Takamoto, straddle Tkatchev, layout Tkatchev combo, layout Tkatchev straddle Tkatchev half and a layout double-double dismount. The silver and bronze medalists were Mexico’s Isrrael Chiriboga Guerrero (13.425) and Calvo (13.375), respectively.

Junior men
The U.S. went one-two in the junior floor final. Barnhill opened with a tucked double-double and stuck his double back dismount, garnering a 13.475 to claim the title. Hong opened with a triple full, performed a two-and-a-half to barani and closed with a double full. His 13.150 was good for a silver, with Canada’s Sandro finishing third at 13.025.

Hong started his pommel horse routine with two scissors to handstand, and his routine included solid flair work throughout his routine. Although he had a little struggle on the handstand dismount, Hong’s 13.400 was the best of the day. Mexico’s Jorge Perez was second (12.550) and Canada’s David Sandro took third (12.300). Barnhill landed in sixth place after fighting to stay on during a one-pommel sequence and a slight break during his Sivado. He had a good handstand pirouette dismount to notch a 12.100.

On vault, the USA again took the top two spots. Ah Chow had a small step when landing his Kasamatsu half for a 14.100. Barnhill also threw a Kasamatsu half that earned a 13.800. Sandro was the bronze medalist at 13.500.

Hong, who opens his rings routine with a piked Yamawaki and tuck Yamawaki, also performed a back uprise to straddle planche sequence and stuck his full-twisting double layout dismount. His 12.925 put him in third. Ah Chow’s still rings routine began with a back uprise to straddle planche, to piked and tucked Yamawakis and he saved a handstand before his full-twisting double layout. He earned a 12.675 for fifth. Australia’s Sam Dick was first (13.300) and Canada’s Felix Dolci was second (13.275).

Ah Chow clinched the parallel bars gold with his 13.325. His routine included with a peach, giant, Bhavsar sequence and a double back dismount. For the bronze, Hong hit his parallel bars set on the parallel bars that featured a giant, Tippelt, Healy to open and the double pike dismount for a 12.850. The silver went to Canada’s Evgevy Siminiuc (13.150).

On the horizontal bar, Barnhill won the silver medal. He executed a Tkatchev, jam to inverts, endo, and half endo to finish with a stuck full-twisting double layout for a 12.725. Sandro won the title (12.925), with Australia’s Moore in third (12.325).