LIMA, Peru, July 31, 2019 – Kara Eaker of Grain Valley, Mo./Great American Gymnastics Express, won the balance beam gold and floor exercise silver medals on the final day of artistic gymnastics at the 2019 Pan American Games at the Polideportivo Villa El Salvador in Lima, Peru. Riley McCusker of Brielle, N.J./MG Elite, and Cameron Bock of Ann Arbor, Mich./University of Michigan, both captured bronze medals for the balance beam and parallel bars, respectively. On Aug. 3, gymnastics returns with rhythmic gymnastics (Aug. 3-5) and trampoline (Aug. 4-5).
Eaker easily won the balance beam gold with her 15.266. Canada’s Ellie Black and McCusker were separated by only 0.233. Black took the silver at 13.566, followed by McCusker at 13.333. In the floor exercise final, Eaker tallied a 13.800 for second, just 0.100 behind Canada’s Brooklyn Moors at 13.800. Brazil’s Flavia Saraiva was third at 13.766. McCusker earned a 13.300 for fifth place.
For the parallel bars, Bock posted a 14.033, bringing home the bronze. Brody Malone of Summerville, Ga./Stanford University, earned a 13.533 for fifth. Mexico’s Isaac Nunez received a 14.433 for his routine and the gold medal. Brazil’s Caio Souza landed in second at 14.366.
Originally the first reserve athlete, Genki Suzuki of North Wales, Pa./University of Oklahoma, competed in the men’s horizontal bar final and scored a 13.800 for sixth. Brazil’s Francisco Carlos Barretto and Arthur Nory Mariano finished first and second at 14.566 and 14.533, respectively. Cuba’s Huber Godoy was third at 14.200. The Dominican Republic’s Audrys Nin won the men’s vault title.
Earlier in the Games, the U.S. women and men won the team gold and silver medals, respectively, and McCusker and Eaker brought home the silver and bronze medals, respectively, in the women’s all-around. McCusker won the uneven bars title, with Leanne Wong of Overland Park, Kansas/Great American Gymnastics Express, nabbing the bronze. Robert Neff of Brookfield, Wis./U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center, snared the silver medal for both the floor exercise and pommel horse.
With Lima as the backdrop, ESPN will bring up to 200 hours of exclusive, live coverage in English and Spanish, across ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3, the ESPN App and ESPNdeportes.com. Well-known Olypians Bart Conner and Kathy Johnson Clarke are calling the action for gymnastics.
ESPN Deportes will telecast 200 hours of live Pan American Games content, every day starting at 9:30 a.m. ET., featuring soccer, swimming, diving, track & field, boxing, basketball and gymnastics. The live telecasts will be complemented with news and information programming throughout the day, followed by a nightly edition of SportsCenter recapping the top highlights of the day. ESPNU will present over 200 hours of daily live coverage in English, featuring Men and Women’s hoop and volleyball, diving, swimming, gymnastics, boxing, track and field, and soccer. ESPN3 and the ESPN App will carry 900 hours, with live access to almost every competition in Spanish. Select coverage will be available in English.
About the Pan Am Games
The XVIII Pan American Games competition features 31 Olympic sports, plus select non-Olympic sports, and serves as an Olympic-qualifying opportunity in 17 sports. Team USA will be represented in 36 sports during the 17-day competition. The 2019 U.S. Pan American squad features 91 Olympians, including 34 Olympic medalists and 19 Olympic champions. The Pan American Games are held every four years and precede the Olympic Games by one year. The Games are the third largest international multi-sport event in the world, surpassed only by the Olympic Games and the Asian Games in terms of the number of sports and competing athletes.
Coverage of the 2019 U.S. Pan American Team can be found at TeamUSA.org/Lima2019 and on Team USA’s social channels featuring the hashtag #Lima2019. Additionally, visit TeamUSA.org/USADaily to sign up to receive the USA Daily, a digital news blast that provides Team USA results and highlights each night via email during the Games.