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Five For Friday: Gymnastics Pan American Championships

By Paul D. Bowker | Sept. 14, 2018, 12:01 a.m. (ET)

Jade Carey competes on the balance beam at U.S. Gymnastics Championships on Aug. 17, 2018 in Boston.


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Jade Carey, a two-time world silver medalist, and Kanji Oyama, a bronze medalist in the men’s floor exercise at the 2018 national championships, are among 10 U.S. gymnasts competing this weekend at the Senior Pan American Championships in Lima, Peru.

At stake are quota spots in the Lima 2019 Pan American Games for the United States.

The men’s all-around and event finals are Friday, followed by the women’s all-around and event finals Saturday. Both team finals are Sunday.

Joining Carey in the women’s competition are Kara Eaker, Shilese Jones, Grace McCallum and Trinity Thomas.

In addition to Oyama, U.S. men’s gymnasts are Cameron Bock, Spencer Goodell, Riley Loos and Genki Suzuki.

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A top-eight finish in the qualification rounds would secure a berth in the Pan Am Games for the U.S. In all, 57 men’s and 57 women’s quota spots will be awarded. Teams finishing lower than eighth in qualifying still can qualify two gymnasts through the team competition or a single gymnast through the all-around competition. National federations will name athletes to fill those spots closer to the Games.

Four gymnasts will compete in each event in qualifying; the best three scores count. In the team finals, three gymnasts compete in each event with all scores counting.

Also this weekend, group competition in the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships is Saturday and Sunday in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Members of the U.S. group team are Dasha Baltovick, Isabelle Connor, Ugne Dragunas, Connie Du, Elizaveta Pletneva and Nicole Sladkov. Competition in five hoops and three balls/two ropes is Saturday, followed by the final round on Sunday.

Laura Zeng, a 2016 Olympian, placed 11th  in the individual all-around qualification. She and Evita Griskenas advanced to the all-around final Friday.

TV: 6 p.m. ET Friday, 10:30 p.m. Saturday, 8 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel

Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc