Sam Mikulak Claims First International All-Around Win In 3 Years, Leads Team USA To Gold

By Paul D. Bowker | April 27, 2018, 10:21 p.m. (ET)
The U.S. men's gymnastics team prepares to compete at the 2018 Pacific Rim Championships on April 27, 2018 in Medellin, Colombia.

 

Two-time Olympian Sam Mikulak displayed his best Friday night at the 2018 Pacific Rim Championships.

Posting the top scores in five events, Mikulak led a one-two American finish in the men’s senior all-around competition in the championships being held in Medellin, Colombia. Mikulak totaled 87.700 points in the all-around and teammate Akash Modi, a 2016 Olympic alternate, was second with a score of 83.500.

They topped the rest of the field by more than three points.

Mikulak’s win was his first international all-around victory in nearly three years, since the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. He also completed his Pacific Rim collection, having finished second in 2012 and third in 2016.

Mikulak, Modi, junior all-around champion Lazarus Barnhill, junior all-around silver medalist Asher Hong, senior Marvin Kimble and junior Justin Ah Chow combined to win the U.S. the men’s team title and continue its winning streak at the event. Held every even year, the U.S. men have won the team title at six straight Pacific Rim Championships dating back to 2008.

The U.S. men earned 330.300 points. Canada was more than 20 points back in second place with 309.850 and Colombia was third with 306.200.

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The men’s performances led off three days of competition in artistic, rhythmic and trampoline gymnastics, which includes world all-around champion Morgan Hurd and the U.S. women competing on Saturday in the all-around and team events.

Mikulak, a four-time U.S. champion, highlighted his night with a score of 15.150 on pommel horse and 14.950 on the parallel bars. No other gymnast hit 15.000 in any event.

Modi, a silver medalist at the Stuttgart World Cup last month, had the second-highest scores on rings and parallel bars.

Halfway through the all-around competition in rhythmic gymnastics, 2016 Olympic alternate Camilla Feeley and Heather Chan of the U.S. held the one-two spots by nearly seven points over the competition. The all-around and team competition finishes up Saturday.

Isaac Rowley finished fourth in the men’s trampoline event, advancing to Saturday’s final. Jessica Stevens advanced to the women’s final with a fifth-place finish Friday.

Paul D. Bowker has been writing about Olympic sports since 1996, when he was an assistant bureau chief in Atlanta. He is sports editor of the Cape Cod Times and a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.