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USA Women Brazil Men Win Team Titles at Pan American Games
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The USA women and the Brazilian men won the team titles at the Pan American Games held in Lima, Peru.

Kara Eaker, Aleah Finnegan, Morgan Hurd, Riley McCusker and Leanne Wong posted 171.0, a total more than ten points higher than the second place finisher, to easily win the team title, which is their fifth one in a row. Team Canada (Ellie Black, Brooklyn Moors, Shallon Olsen, Isabela Onyshko and Victoria Woo) posted 160.6 for the silver medal, while the Brazilian team, which has been plagued by injuries as of late, took the bronze with a 158.55. The team competition format was 5-4-3 (five gymnasts, four routines per event, three scores count) and it was spread out in three separate subdivisions.

Beginning on beam in the final subdivision of the competition, team USA was solid start to finish to post top team totals on all four events. The team competition also served as a qualifying round to the all-around and the individual event finals, and McCusker and Eaker posted the top two all-around scores 57.05 and 56.7, respectively. McCusker also earned the top scores of the day on bars (stalder full to Maloney to Tkatchev, stalder Tkatchev to Pak to stalder Shaposhnikova half; stuck half in back tuck out dismount - 14.9/6.1) and floor (14.05/5.4), while Eaker was the top qualifier on beam with a 14.8/6.4.

Ellie Black, who along with her teammates competed in the first subdivision, posted the third highest all-around score 55.1. Black was the top qualifier for the vault final with a 14.425. Hurd had the fourth highest all-around score of 54.95, but did not advance to the all-around final due to the two-per-country rule. With a fall on her triple series on beam Flavia Saraiva from Brazil was fifth with a 54.0. Despite the fall Saraiva still qualified to the beam final with a 12.9/5.5. She will be also seen in the floor final where she posted 13.8/5.3, which was third best score on the event (behind McCusker and Eaker).

On the men’s side the Brazilian team (Zanetti, Porto, Souza, Barretto, Mariano) edged the team of the United States (Bock, Breckenridge, Malone, Neff and Suzuki) 250.45 to 249.4 to win their second Pan American Games team title (2011). The bronze went to Canada (Cournoyer, Clay, Karstadt, Paterson and Zakutney) posting 246.725. The top all-around qualifier was Robert Neff from the USA with a 82.35, followed by Arthur Mariano (Brazil) 82.2 and Rene Cournoyer (Canada) 81.9.

Neff was also the top FX qualifier with a 14.05/6.0, while teammate Brody Malone earned the highest score on pommel horse 14.5/5.7. Unsurprisingly Brazilian Arthur Zanetti had the highest score of the day on rings with a 15.0/6.0. Jorge Vega from Guatemala was the top vault qualifier with a 14.675. Brazilian Caio Souza qualified first on parallel bars with a 14.85/6.1, while his teammate Mariano earned the top mark of the day on high bar with a 14.4/6.3. The event continues tomorrow with the competitions for the women's and men's all-around titles.

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