CALI, Colombia, November 29, 2021 – U.S. gymnasts collected an additional six medals on the final day of apparatus finals at the 2021 Junior Pan American Games in Cali, Colombia. Kailin Chio of Las Vegas, Nev./Gymcats Gymnastics, Madray Johnson of Dallas, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics and David Shamah of McKinney, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics each earned gold Monday at the Coliseo el Pueblo. In all, U.S. athletes amassed 18 medals across the four-day event, including the men’s and women’s team and all-around titles.
On the women’s side, Johnson took the top spot in the balance beam final with a 12.866, edging teammate Katelyn Jong who earned silver with a 12.700. Brazil’s Andreza Lima (12.333) was third. U.S. athletes also went one-two on floor exercise. Chio’s 13.333 led all competitors, while Jong claimed her second silver of the day with a 13.000. Mariangela Flores of Mexico (12.333) rounded out the podium.
All four U.S. men’s team members were in action Monday across the vault, parallel bars and horizontal bar finals. Shamah led the way on parallel bars with a 13.100 to secure his third gold medal of the Games. Yuri Monteverde (13.066) and Diogo Paes (12.933), both of Brazil, were second and third. After posting an eighth-place finish on parallel bars (11.500), all-around champion Vahe Petrosyan of Van Nuys, Calif./Gymnastics Olympica USA took silver on horizontal bar. Petrosyan’s 12.600 was outpaced only by Paes who garnered the top spot with a 12.866. Colombia’s Daniel Villa (12.533) was third, while Cole Partridge of Bountiful, Utah/USA Gymnastics World finished sixth with an 11.600. Toby Liang of Roswell, Ga./Roswell Gymnastics was the lone U.S. competitor in the vault final, delivering a combined 13.433 (13.566, 13.300). He finished fourth behind Mexico’s Ricardo Torres (13.633), Peru’s Edward Gonzales (13.616) and Ecuador’s Cesar Lopez (13.533).
Gymnastics competition at the inaugural Junior Pan American Games will continue December 3 with the rhythmic gymnastics individual hoop and ball and group five balls qualifications, beginning at 10 a.m. ET. U.S. trampolinists will also be in action December 3, as men’s individual and synchronized trampoline qualifications kick off in the afternoon.