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Five Countries Golden In Day One Of Event Finals In Lima, Peru
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In the first day of the event finals at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru five different countries won the five different events.

After earning the bronze medal in 2007 and the silver in 2011, Chilean Tomas Gonzalez went one better by winning the gold medal in the men’s floor final with a 14.6/5.9. He performed with style and produced several perfect landings (double front pike half out, stuck front full to double front, stuck double twisting double tuck, stuck 2 ½ to half, triple twist dismount) to win his first Pan American Games title. Second place finisher was Robert Neff from the U.S. with a 14.166/6.0, while the bronze went to Andres Martinez from Colombia who posted 14.1/5.7 for his clean set.

In the pommel horse final Francisco Carlos Barretto from Brazil won the title (Mikulak scissor mount, Sivado, Roth, Wu, triple Russian to Tong Fei, quad Russian dismount) with a 13.533/5.6. With a well-controlled routine from start to end, Neff from the U.S. captured his second silver of the day with a 13.466/5.6. Carlos Alberto Calvo from Colombia posted 13.233/5.4 for the bronze medal on the event.

In the rings final surprisingly Artur Zanetti wasn’t able to defend his title after he overshot his back giant swing, and had to save the handstand with a pike down. The Brazilian posted a 14.4/6.0 (15.0 during qualification) to take the silver. Fabian De Luna from Mexico took advantage of Zanetti’s mistake and won the title with a 14.5/6.0 (press up to planche, bounce to cross, roll to Maltese, tuck Yamawaki to swing to Maltese, uprise to cross, uprise to planche, 1 ½ twisting double tuck dismount with a small hop). The bronze medal went to Federico Martin Molinari from Argentina who scored a 14.066/5.9.

In the women’s vault final top qualifier Ellie Black easily won the title with well-landed front handspring front layout full and a Tsukahara 1 ½ twists. The Canadian posted an average of 14.45 to win her first vault Pan Am title. The silver medal went to Cuba’s Yesenia Ferrera who vaulted a strong Yurchenko double twist and a layout Podkopaeva (round off half on front handspring front layout half off) for 14.391. Third place finisher on the event was Shallon Olsen from Canada who had a good Yurchenko double twist first vault, but was very under rotated on the landing and nearly touched down her Cheng (half on Rudi off) second vault - 14.183.

There were no surprises in the uneven bars final as the top three qualifiers finished in the exact same order. It was sweet redemption for Riley McCusker who had fallen on the event in the all-around final the day prior. The American executed near flawlessly (stalder full to Maloney to Tkatchev, stalder Tkatchev to Pak to stalder Shaposhnikova half, front half back tuck off dismount coming from eagle grip) for 14.533/6.0, which gave her the gold medal. McCusker’s teammate Leanne Wong grabbed the silver medal with a 14.3/5.9, while Black by taking the bronze (14.0/5.9) was the only female gymnast in the competition to walk away with two medals on the day.

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