By USA Gymnastics | July 21, 2015, 7:58 p.m. (ET)
Laura Zeng poses with her five gold medals from the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto on July 21, 2015.


TORONTO, Ont., Canada, July 20, 2015 – 2014 Youth Olympic Games bronze-medalist Laura Zeng of Libertyville, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, completed a sweep of the rhythmic gymnastics gold medals today at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto. Zeng won her fourth and fifth gold medals in the clubs and ribbon finals, respectively. Two-time World all-around finalist Jazzy Kerber of Highland Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, picked up the bronze for clubs and silver for ribbon. The U.S. rhythmic group won the USA’s first gold medal in group rhythmic gymnastics at the Pan Ams when they won the six clubs/two hoops final.

With today’s medals, Zeng becomes the second woman ever to sweep the rhythmic gold medals at the Pan Am Games.  The United States’ Mary Sanders first accomplished that feat in 2003.

With a clean and fast-paced clubs routine, Zeng grabbed her fourth gold medal of the Pan Am Games with a 16.167 score. She opened with a high toss, showing tight rotations under it and a clean catch. She finished the exercise with an intricate toss behind her back and another clean catch. Kerber showed her trademark elegance and control with the clubs, performing to “Let it Go” by The Piano Guys. She drew applause from the crowd when she showed total precision on a back attitude spin that went directly into a balance. She closed with a trap catch for a 15.833 and the bronze medal. Canada’s Patricia Bezzoubenko took the silver with a 15.933.

Zeng completed her gold medal sweep in the ribbon final, scoring a 16.267 for her high-energy routine.  With five gold medals, Zeng currently has the most gold medals of any athlete at the 2015 Pan Am Games. Kerber closed her Pan Am Games with a ribbon routine set to “Hijo de la Luna” and scored a 15.992. She was clean through a complicated toss off her foot into a front walkover and rotations.  She won her fourth silver medal of the Games and her fifth medal overall. Brazil’s Angelica Kvieczynski took third with her 15.633.