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American Gymnasts Close Pan American Championships With Sweep Of Team Titles

By Paul D. Bowker | Sept. 16, 2018, 9:05 p.m. (ET)

The U.S. men's and women's artistic gymnastics teams pose with their gold medals at the 2018 Senior Pan American Championships on Sept. 16, 2018 in Lima, Peru.


The U.S. men’s and women’s gymnastics teams finished off their incredible weekend with team titles Sunday at the 2018 Senior Pan American Championships in Lima, Peru.

The women, who also placed first in team qualifying Saturday, scored 169.467 points to claim the gold by more than five points over Brazil (163.966). Mexico won the bronze medal with a cumulative score of 155.299.

The men, who were second in qualifying, topped the podium with a score of 246.000. Colombia was second with a 243.999 and Brazil won the bronze medal with a 243.999.

Both the U.S. men’s and women’s teams had qualified for the Lima 2019 Pan American Games with their placements in qualifying earlier in the competition.

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The U.S. women displayed balance among all five gymnasts in their efforts Sunday, including another strong effort from Grace McCallum, who won four individual medals Saturday, including gold in the all-around. Shilese Jones had the top score on vault (14.833), Trinity Thomas was No. 1 on uneven bars (14.167), Jade Carey’s 14.600 on floor exercise was the leading score there and Kara Eaker had a 14.600 on balance beam for the second-best beam score of the night.

The Americans led the scoring through all four rotations.

The U.S. men had the top total scores on floor exercise and vault, and the second-highest total on still rings.

Cameron Bock, who won the all-around bronze medal Friday, was joined in Sunday’s competition by Genki Suzuki, Kanji Oyama, Riley Loos and Spencer Goodell.

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.