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15-Year-Old Gymnast Grace McCallum Crowned Pacific Rim Champion In Senior Debut

By Paul D. Bowker | April 28, 2018, 11:37 p.m. (ET)

The U.S. women's gymnastics team celebrates its gold medal on the podium at the 2018 Pacific Rim Championships on April 28, 2018 in Medellin, Colombia.


Grace McCallum made her senior debut one to remember.

She won the women’s all-around title Saturday night at the Pacific Rim Championships in Medellin, Colombia, leading the U.S. women to team gold and beating out teammate and 2017 world all-around champion Morgan Hurd.

McCallum, a 15-year-old high school freshman who is competing this week as a senior elite for the first time, posted a total score of 54.850, leading a one-two American finish for the second consecutive night. Two-time Olympian Sam Mikulak and Akash Modi went one-two in the men’s all-around on Friday.

Hurd finished second for the women with a score of 53.300, battling an injury throughout the night and meeting with the team doctor after a fall on balance beam. After being cleared to go on, Hurd delivered the highest score of the night on floor exercise: 13.650.

The U.S. team of McCallum, Hurd, Jordan Chiles, and juniors Jordan Bowers, Kayla DiCello and Sunisa Lee won the team title with a score of 218.850 points. Canada was second with a 203.400 and Australia placed third at 197.550. Kayla DiCello.

Bowers and DiCello also went one-two in the junior all-around.

The individual event finals are Sunday.

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Camilla Feeley, a 2016 U.S. Olympic alternate, led the way in a dominant American performance in rhythmic gymnastics. She won the all-around as Team USA gymnasts swept the first two all-around finishes in the senior and junior divisions, and the U.S. won the team title in that discipline as well.

Scoring 15.550 in the ribbon routine, Feeley won the all-around with a score of 62.850. Heather Chan finished runner-up with a score of 61.217. Elizabeth Kapitonova led a one-two finish in juniors.

The rhythmic event finals are Sunday.

The U.S. men’s and women’s trampoline teams each claimed silver medals in the team competition.

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.