(R) Jace Pardon spikes the ball at the Pan American Games Lima 2019 on July 30, 2019 in Lima, Peru.
Day four of the Pan American Games Lima 2019 included plenty of celebratory posts and plenty of reason to celebrate. Karissa Cook and Jace Pardon defeated Argentina to win the first beach volleyball gold ever for Team USA at Pan Ams, while gymnasts Robert Neff two silvers for the men and Riley McCusker and Leanne Wong took home gold and silver, respectively, for the women. Also, USA shooting earned two breakthrough quota spots and much, much more.
The 18th Pan Ams continues until Aug. 11, featuring over 600 Team USA athletes, with 12 sports up for qualification opportunities for the upcoming Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
Here's what all the hype was about today on social media.
USA Beach Volleyball Duo Cook and Pardon Win Gold
The American duo of Cook and Pardon beat Argentina, 2-1 (14-21, 22-20, 15-10), in the finals to secure the beach volleyball gold medal for Team USA.
Karissa Cook and Jace Pardon pose with their gold medals after winning the beach volleyball final at the Pan American Games Lima 2019 on July 30, 2019 in Lima, Peru.
USA Gymnastics Dominates Day 4’s Podiums
There were plenty of medals to be won by both the men’s and women’s gymnastics athletes today, starting with Robert Neff, who shocked Twitter after winning silver in the floor exercise and pommel horse competitions.
USA Gymnastics wasn’t done, however, as Riley McCusker and Leanne Wong made the podium in the uneven bars final. McCusker took home her second medal at Lima 2019 – this time a gold after posting a score of 14.533. Wong followed closely with a 14.300.
Uneven Bars Final:— USA Gymnastics (@USAGym) July 30, 2019
🥇 Riley McCusker (USA) - 14.533
🥈 Leanne Wong (USA) - 14.300
🥉 Ellie Black (CAN) - 14.000
Lorrane Oliveira (BRA) - 13.833
Martina Dominici (ARG) - 13.433
Brooklyn Moors (CAN) - 13.000
Carolyne Pedro (BRA) - 12.766
Abigail Magistrati (ARG) - 12.200
Two More Huge Quota Spots For USA Shooting
Brian Burrows and Derek Haldeman won gold and silver, respectively in men's trap shooting, and, in doing so, earned two quota spots for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Olympic shooting star Kim Rhode conducted a little impromptu interview of her teammates on how it feels to earn a spot for your sport at the Games for the first time since 2008.
Outside Of Competition
When they aren't competing, athletes are training, getting to know one another in the athlete village and even getting out to see the sites. Luckily for us, they have also been sharing on social media. USA Bowling athlete Stefanie Johnson and her teammates got the opportunity to see what Lima has to offer.
Boxing's Ginny Fuchs knew she advanced, so she has her sites set on the finals.
Tomorrow, USA Synchro has the opportunity to qualify for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Here is everything you need to know ahead of their huge matchup tomorrow.
Mission impossible? 😮— Olympic Channel (@olympicchannel) July 30, 2019
They made it all the way to @Lima2019Games and the next stop is @Tokyo2020 IF they qualify.
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