Suzuki, Bock medal at 2018 Senior Pan Am Championships
posted on 09/15/2018

LIMA, Peru, Sept. 14, 2018 – The U.S. men qualified for the 2019 Pan American Games based on their second-place ranking in the team qualification round at the Senior Pan American Championships, Sept. 14-16, in Lima Peru, at the Polideportivo N° 1. Genki Suzuki of North Wales, Pennsylvania/University of Oklahoma, won the pommel horse gold medal and Cameron Bock of Tustin, California/University of Michigan, took home one silver and three bronze medals. Competition continues tomorrow with the women’s all-around and event finals and the team qualification round. The USA is competing in the third subdivision at 2:30 p.m. CT. The Peru Gymnastics Federation has a live feed on its Facebook page.

In the team qualification, the United States was second at 245.231, finishing just behind Cuba’s 245.231. In addition to Bock and Suzuki, the U.S. men’s team included Spencer Goodell of Tigard, Oregon/University of Oklahoma; Riley Loos of El Dorado Hills, California/Technique Gymnastics; and Kanji Oyama of Huntington Beach, California/U.S. Olympic Training Center. Brazil was third with 244.301. The men’s team finals are on the 16th.

For the Pan American Games qualification, a total of 57 men and 57 women will qualify to compete in the Games: countries that finish in the top eight teams in the qualification round; two gymnasts from the countries who finish ninth to 13th in the team qualification rankings; and seven gymnasts, maximum one per country, with the best all-around results from countries who have not already qualified. All placements are awarded to the country not to an individual athlete. Peru, as the host country, will also receive a berth.

In the all-around, Bock and Suzuki were third (81.999) and fourth (81.033), respectively. Cuba’s Manrique Larduet won the all-around with an 84.800, and Canada’s Rene Cournoyer was second at 82.567.

Suzuki and Bock went one-two on the pommel horse. Suzuki posted a 13.800 for first, with Bock scoring a 13,567 to tie with Larduet.

Bock also took third on the floor exercise (14.033) and parallel bars (14.233). Chile’s Tomas Gonzalez won the floor exercise (14.233) and Larduet was second (14.167). For the parallel bars, Larduet had the event’s best score with a 14.700, and Colombia’s Jossimar Calvo was second (14.467).

The remaining event champions were: still rings, Fabian DeLuna, Mexico; vault, Audrys Nin, Dominican Republic; and horizontal bar, Larduet.

Competition wraps up on Sept. 16 with the team finals. The competition format for the team qualification is four athletes compete on each event, with the three best scores counting, and for the finals, three athletes compete on each event and all three scores count.

The competition schedule is below. The times listed, which are subject to change, are local to Lima, which is the same as Central time. The United States is competing in Subdivision 3 for both men and women.

    Sept. 15 - Women’s qualification round for team; all-around and event finals
      10:10 a.m. Subdivision 1: Bolivia, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Panama, Venezuela
      12:30 p.m. Subdivision 2: Argentina, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay
      2:30 p.m. Subdivision 3: Aruba, Brazil, Canada, Cayman Island, El Salvador, Guatemala, Peru, USA
    Sept. 16 - Team finals
      10:50 a.m. Men
      4 p.m. Women

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