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Gonzalez Gears Up For Fall After Golden Games
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Preparing for the upcoming Olympic qualification events, Tomas Gonzalez hopes to make the jump from Chilean standout to Chilean Olympian.

After his golden performance at the South American championships, Tomas Gonzalez told IG he will focus on improving his execution in the final stretch to October's worlds in Tokyo and Pan American Games in Guadalajara.

"I'm perfecting my routines to minimize my errors, because for this Code you must know how to balance Execution and Difficulty scores," he said. "Not only is the difficulty important but also clean execution across the movements, and I think that's the key to the best perfection now in gymnastics."

On Saturday, Gonzalez won the gold medal in the all-around at the 10th South American Championships, held in Santiago. On Sunday, he defeated two-time world champion Diego Hypolito of Brazil on both floor exercise (15.600; click for video) and vault (16.175; video).

Gonzalez, already the first Chilean gymnast to win World Cup and Pan American Games medals, could make double history this fall if he medals at the world championships in Tokyo. Per new FIG qualification criteria, any gymnast competing without a full team who wins a medal in Tokyo will receive an invitation to the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

A secondary qualification event will be held in January in London, where the all-around rankings will determine which gymnasts receive berths.

"For now I'm following the same work plan," Gonzalez said. "Improving my all-around in order to qualify for London and as always focusing on floor and vault, my best events, and I hope to highlight these in Tokyo and Guadalajara."

In Santiago, Brazil was the most successful nation with 16 medals (6 gold, 5 silver, 5 bronze), including both team titles. Adrian Nunes dominated the women's competition, winning the all-around, vault and balance beam titles.

Argentinan junior Valeria Pererya won uneven bars (toe-one blind to Jaeger; piked Jaeger; clean full-in). 2009 world floor finalist Jessica Gil (Colombia) won the women's floor exercise title.

Host Chile won 10 medals (3, 3, 4) to Colombia's nine (3, 4, 2), while Argentina won five medals (2, 1, 2). Venezuela won one silver and one bronze.

Continental competition takes place again Sept. 15-19 in Cúcuta, Colombia, with the Junior South American Championships.

10th South American Championships
Aug. 6-7, 2011, Santiago, Chile

Women's TeamScore
1. Brazil 210.550
2. Argentina 207.250
3. Chile 201.900

Men's TeamScore
1. Brazil 347.150
2. Colombia 337.600
3. Chile 336.950

Women's All-Around
1. Adrian Nunes
2. Bruna Leal
3. Valeria Pereyra

Men's All-Around
1. Tomas Gonzalez
2. Jorge Giraldo
3. Pericles Silva

Women's Vault Final
1. Adrian Nunes
2. Makarena Pinto
3. Yesica Gil

Uneven Bars Final
1. Valeria Pereyra
2. Yurani Avendaño
3. Viviana Vélez

Balance Beam Final
1. Adrian Nunes
2. Fanny Briceño
3. Simona Castro

Women's Floor Exercise Final
1. Jessica Gil
2. Bruna Leal
3. Gabriela Henriques

Men's Floor Exercise Final
1. Tomas Gonzales
2. Diego Hypolito
3. Juan Pablo Gonzalez

Pommel Horse Final
1. Mosiah Rodriguez
2. Yesid Peña
3. Pericles Silva

Still Rings Final
1. Federico Molinari
2. Tomas Gonzalez
3. Danilo Nogueira

Men's Vault Final
1. Tomas Gonzalez
2. Diego Hypolito
3. Mosiah Rodrigues

Parallel Bars Final
1. Jorge Giraldo
2. Tomas Gonzalez
3. Federico Molinari

High Bar Final
1. Jorge Giraldo
2. Mosiah Rodrigues
3. Adickxon Trejo
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Heinsenberg said:

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Here we can see the FX EF from Hypolito. I think he was underscored in you execution.
http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=2299419526375
 
August 12, 2011
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Robert W said:

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What were their execution scores? They are both excellent and have good execution but Tomas beats Diego in artistry
 
August 12, 2011
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Heinsenberg said:

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Diego SV = 6.8
Final score = 15.45
Execution = 8.65
 
August 12, 2011
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Robert W said:

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What about Tomas?
 
August 12, 2011
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Paulina said:

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Felicidades Tomas, sigue asi, harás historia!!!
 
August 13, 2011
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