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Popa, Calvo Claim Victories at Mexican Open
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First-year senior Roxana Popa (Spain) and Pan Am Games champion Jossimar Calvo (Colombia) won the 3rd Mexico Open, which ended Saturday in Acapulco. Pictured: Women's champion Roxana Popa (Spain) with coach Lucia Guisado

First-year senior Roxana Popa (Spain) and reigning Pan Am Games champion Jossimar Calvo (Colombia) won the 3rd Mexico Open, which ended Saturday in Acapulco.

The Romanian-born Popa scored her first major victory by topping U.S. gymnast Peyton Ernst over the two-day all-around battle.

The powerful Popa, whose junior career was nearly derailed by a serious elbow injury, was in fourth after the first day. The a first-year senior showed a double-twisting Yurchenko and a difficult and unique bar routine with (Maloney to back uprise to Gienger between the bars; Jaeger; toe-on Tkatchev; toe-full to Tkatchev; Pak salto; full-twisting double layout dismount).

On day two, Popa was aggressive but wobbly on balance beam, highlighted by a dismount of ff, ff double pike. She showed off her power again on floor exercise — set to Spanish flamenco classic "Tico Tico" — with a double layout; two whips to full-in; 2 1/2 twist, punch front and double pike.

Ernst, who led after the first day, settled for second after falling from balance beam on her ff, ff, two-foot layout series. After mounting with a new double layout mount on floor exercise, Ernst nearly sat down her 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 second pass, but ended strongly with a double tuck and double pike.

Coached in Acapulco by former Olympic teammate Svetlana Boginskaya, six-time Olympian Oksana Chusovitina (Uzbekistan) won the all-around bronze. She also finished first in the mixed-pairs competition, where she paired with Japan's Koji Uematsu.

Calvo, the first day leader, competed his three strongest events on the second day (highlighted by 15.550 on parallel bars) to clinch the title. Just three tenths above Russia's Nikita Ignatyev after the first day, Calvo extended his lead to finish nearly 3 points ahead of the Russian Olympic alternate, 90.500-87.850.

Uematsu finished third over China's Zhang Yan and American Josh Dixon. Dixon, who was third after Friday's competition, fell on vault (13.650).

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3rd Mexican Open
Nov. 30, 2013, Acapulco, Mexico

Women's All-AroundTotal
1.Roxana Popa57.350
--.*Maggie Nichols57.300
2.Peyton Ernst57.150
3.Oksana Chusovitina55.800
4.Yevgenia Shelgunova54.750
5.Angelina Kysla53.700
6.Francesca Deagostini52.700
7.Amaranta Torres51.400
8.Zeng Siqi50.750
9.Mariana Valentin50.700
10.Sabrina Gill50.200

* All-around exhibition only, scores counted for mixed-pairs event

Men's All-AroundTotal
1.Jossimar Calvo90.500
2.Nikita Ignatyev87.950
3.Koji Uematsu87.050
4.Zhang Yang86.300
5.Josh Dixon85.250
6.Ruben López84.350
7.Vlad Cotuna84.300
8.Francisco Barreto83.250
8.Yevgen Yudenkov83.250
10.Ludovico Edalli81.900
11.Joshua Stuart79.400
12.Kevin Cerda77.850

Mixed Pairs Event

RankFemale GymnastMale GymnastTotal
1.Oksana Chusovitina55.800Koji Uematsu87.050142.850
2.Amaranta Torres51.400Jossimar Calvo90.500141.900
3.Peyton Ernst57.150Ruben Lopez84.350141.500
4.Roxana Popa57.350Yevgen Yudenkov83.250140.600
5.Maggie Nichols57.300Francisco Barreto83.250140.550
6.Francesca Deagostini52.700Zhang Yang86.300139.000
7.Mariana Valentin50.700Nikita Ignatyev87.950138.650
8.Francesca Deagostini52.700Josh Dixon85.250137.950
9.Zeng Siqi50.750Vlad Cotuna84.300135.050
10.Angelina Kysla53.700Joshua Stuart79.400133.100
11.Yevgenia Shelgunova54.750Kevin Cerda77.850132.600
12.Sabrina Gill50.200Ludovico Edalli81.900132.100
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Thiago said:

Tico Tico is a Brazilian song.
December 01, 2013
Votes: +3

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