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Led By Grace McCallum And Trinity Thomas, U.S. Women’s Gymnasts Win 10 Individual Pan Am Medals

By Paul D. Bowker | Sept. 15, 2018, 6:47 p.m. (ET)

Grace McCallum competes on balance beam at the 2018 U.S. Classic on July 28, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio.


The U.S. women’s gymnastics team secured a spot at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games with dominating performances Saturday at the 2018 Senior Pan American Championships in Lima, Peru.

Grace McCallum and Trinity Thomas won gold and silver in the all-around and the U.S. finished atop the leaderboard in team qualifying with a score of 170.166. The U.S. beat Brazil by more than nine points (161.134). Mexico was third with 157.933 points. The team final is Sunday.

Americans won two medals on each event for a total of 10, led by McCallum's four medals total. In addition to the all-around win, she also won gold on uneven bars, and bronze medals on vault and balance beam.

McCallum, who was also the all-around champion at the 2018 Pacific Rim Championships, won the all-around gold medal with a score of 56.366, and Thomas took the silver medal with a score of 54.433. Brazil's Flavia Saraiva, a 2016 Olympian who has previously medaled at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games and 2015 Pan American Games, was third.

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McCallum and Thomas also finished 1-2 on bars with scores of 14.533 and 14.433.

Two-time world medalist Jade Carey won gold medals on vault (14.667) and floor (14.400).

Kara Eaker won gold on beam and added a bronze medal on floor.

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.