Mexico, Jessica Lopez Golden at 2014 Central American & Caribbean Games

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The 22nd Central American and Caribbean Games are currently underway in Veracruz, Mexico. A multi-sport event featuring 44 sports in addition to artistic gymnastics, the Games showcase athletes from 32 countries, with host country Mexico expected to dominate.

Women’s artistic gymnastics was represented by four full teams in addition to eleven gymnasts from another seven countries. Nearly all competitors were in attendance at this year’s World Championships and/or Pan American Championships, making it an incredibly deep field with lots of top talent.

The first two days of WAG competition acted as the team and all-around final in addition to the qualification for event finals, which will be held November 20-21. Due to a shortage of judges, gymnasts competed on vault and bars on November 18 and then finished things up on beam and floor earlier today.

As expected, Mexico came out victorious in the team final, though it wasn’t an easy task. The Cuban silver medalists finished less than four tenths behind the home squad, an unprecedented result considering their relative lack of experience on the international stage. The team from Colombia earned bronze.

The all-around was a battle between gold medalist Jessica Lopez of Venezuela, silver medalist Elsa Garcia of Mexico, and bronze medalist Yesenia Ferrera of Cuba. Garcia led by about half a point after the first day of competition, though Lopez sealed the deal for her win today with an expertly-performed beam routine. Ferrera hit excellent vaults on day one and showed an awesome, engaging floor routine this afternoon, but her unfortunate bars fall left her a bit behind her competitors.

Still, coming out with an all-around bronze is nothing to frown at, and with the top qualification spots on both vault and floor, she could finish as one of the most decorated gymnasts in attendance. Ferrera also qualified fourth into the beam final, where Lopez currently sits in first, and Garcia leads bars qualifications ahead of Lopez by just a tenth. Lopez will also compete in the bars and floor finals, while Garcia has secured a top five spot in every event final.

Also of note, Yamilet Peña missed out on the vault final by just one spot after a rough landing on her DTY, a shame after winning the gold on this event in Medellin two weeks ago. The Dominican gymnast had issues throughout her entire competition and unfortunately didn’t qualify to any event finals in Veracruz.

Several other Medellin medalists are represented in the Central American & Caribbean Games finals, however, including Medellin bronze bars medalist Bibiana Velez of Colombia in the uneven bars final, beam gold medalist Isabella Amado of Panama in the beam and floor finals, and beam silver medalist Marcela Sandoval of Colombia in the beam final.

Finally, fan favorites Ana Sofia Gomez of Guatemala and Ana Lago of Mexico will also make further appearances this week – Gomez qualified second on beam and eighth on bars while Lago qualified eighth on beam.

The competition continues with vault and bars finals on November 20 and beam and floor finals on November 21.

Team Results

Rank Nation VT UB BB FX Total
1 Mexico 42.465 39.333 39.765 37.832 159.395
Karla Retiz —— —— —— 12.566
Amaranta Torres 13.966 12.633 12.966 11.900
Alexa Moreno 14.133 13.100 11.633 11.533
Ana Lago 14.066 12.733 13.033 ——
Elsa Garcia 14.266 13.500 13.766 13.366
2 Cuba 43.999 37.732 39.332 37.965 159.028
Leidys Perdomo 13.800 —— —— 10.500
Leidys Rojas 14.300 11.933 13.266 11.066
Mary Adny Morffi —— 12.866 11.833 ——
Yesenia Ferrera 15.033 11.600 13.600 14.133
Dovelis Torres 14.666 12.933 12.466 12.766
3 Colombia 42.299 38.432 36.799 36.799 154.329
Dayana Ardila 13.833 —— 12.433 12.366
Melba Avendaño 13.033 13.066 11.100 12.000
Catalina Escobar 14.666 11.933 11.300 12.433
Marcela Sandoval —— 12.266 13.066 ——
Bibiana Velez 13.800 13.100 —— ——
4 Venezuela 41.332 37.599 36.866 37.932 152.729
Katriel de Sousa —— 10.866 9.666 12.366
Jessica Lopez 13.733 13.400 14.600 13.900
Paola Marquez 13.266 —— 12.600 11.666
Maciel Peña 13.833 9.333 —— ——
Ivet Rojas 13.766 13.333 9.133 11.600

All-Around Results

Rank Athlete Nation VT UB BB FX Total
1 Jessica Lopez Venezuela 13.733 13.400 14.600 13.900 55.633
2 Elsa Garcìa Mexico 14.266 13.500 13.766 13.366 54.898
3 Yesenia Ferrera Cuba 15.033 11.600 13.600 14.133 54.366
4 Dovelis Torres Cuba 14.666 12.933 12.466 12.766 52.831
5 Ana Sofia Gómez Guatemala 12.766 12.933 14.400 11.400 51.499
6 Amaranta Torres Mexico 13.966 12.633 12.966 11.900 51.465
7 Paula Mejias Puerto Rico 14.600 11.833 12.266 12.666 51.365
8 Leidys Rojas Cuba 14.300 11.933 13.266 11.066 50.565
9 Alexa Moreno Mexico 14.133 13.100 11.633 11.533 50.399
10 Catalina Escobar Colombia 14.666 11.933 11.300 12.433 50.332
11 Isabella Amado Panama 12.666 11.533 13.166 12.566 49.931
12 Melba Avendaño Colombia 13.033 13.066 11.100 12.000 49.199
13 Yamilet Peña Dominican Republic 13.033 12.166 11.566 12.100 48.865
14 Ivet Rojas Venezuela 13.766 13.333 9.133 11.600 47.832
15 Valentina Brostella Panama 13.700 10.600 10.466 12.166 46.932
16 Thema Williams Trinidad & Tobago 13.833 12.333 10.200 10.133 46.499
17 Kaisa Chirinos Honduras 12.466 9.933 11.566 11.266 45.231
18 Nicolle Vazquez Puerto Rico 13.800 6.300 11.600 12.233 43.933
19 Alexa Grande El Salvador 12.533 9.000 10.833 11.000 43.366
20 Claudia Goyco Dominican Republic 13.166 7.233 9.533 10.866 40.798
21 Ana Lago Mexico 14.066 12.733 13.033 —— 39.832
22 Dayana Ardila Colombia 13.833 —— 12.433 12.366 38.632
23 Paola Marquez Venezuela 13.266 —— 12.600 11.666 37.532
24 Katriel de Sousa Venezuela —— 10.866 9.666 12.366 32.898
25 Bibiana Velez Colombia 13.800 13.100 —— —— 26.900
26 Marcela Sandoval Colombia —— 12.266 13.066 —— 25.332
27 Mary Adny Morffi Cuba —— 12.866 11.833 —— 24.699
28 Leidys Perdomo Cuba 13.800 —— —— 10.500 24.300
29 Maciel Peña Venezuela 13.833 9.333 —— —— 23.166
30 Marcela Aparicio El Salvador 13.333 —— —— 8.100 21.433
31 Karla Retiz Mexico —— —— —— 12.566 12.566

Vault Qualifiers

Rank Athlete Nation D E ND Total Average
1 Yesenia Ferrera Cuba 6.2 8.833 15.033 14.966
6.0 8.900 14.900
2 Dovelis Torres Cuba 5.8 8.966 -0.1 14.666 14.466
5.3 8.966 14.266
3 Paula Mejias Puerto Rico 6.0 8.600 14.600 14.466
5.7 8.633 14.333
4 Catalina Escobar Colombia 5.8 8.866 14.666 14.249
4.8 9.033 13.833
5 Elsa Garcìa Mexico 5.3 8.966 14.266 14.066
4.8 9.066 13.866
6 Alexa Moreno Mexico 6.2 8.233 -0.3 14.133 13.733
4.6 8.733 13.333
7 Dayana Ardila Colombia 5.3 8.533 13.833 13.733
5.2 8.433 13.633
8 Nicolle Vazquez Puerto Rico 5.8 8.100 -0.1 13.800 13.600
4.8 8.600 13.400

Uneven Bars Qualifiers

Rank Athlete Nation D E ND Total
1 Elsa Garcìa Mexico 5.8 7.700 13.500
2 Jessica Lopez Venezuela 6.1 7.300 13.400
3 Ivet Rojas Venezuela 5.2 8.133 13.333
4 Alexa Moreno Mexico 5.4 7.700 13.100
5 Bibiana Velez Colombia 5.5 7.600 13.100
6 Melba Avendaño Colombia 5.2 7.866 13.066
7 Dovelis Torres Cuba 5.0 7.933 12.933
8 Ana Sofia Gómez Guatemala 5.7 7.233 12.933

Balance Beam Qualifiers

Rank Athlete Nation D E ND Total
1 Jessica Lopez Venezuela 5.7 8.900 14.600
2 Ana Sofia Gómez Guatemala 6.0 8.400 14.400
3 Elsa Garcìa Mexico 5.5 8.266 13.766
4 Yesenia Ferrera Cuba 5.9 7.700 13.600
5 Leidys Rojas Cuba 5.6 7.666 13.266
6 Isabella Amado Panama 5.4 7.866 -0.1 13.166
7 Marcela Sandoval Colombia 5.1 7.966 13.066
8 Ana Lago Mexico 5.5 7.633 -0.1 13.033

Floor Exercise Qualifiers

Rank Athlete Nation D E ND Total
1 Yesenia Ferrera Cuba 6.0 8.133 14.133
2 Jessica Lopez Venezuela 5.5 8.400 13.900
3 Elsa Garcìa Mexico 5.7 7.666 13.366
4 Dovelis Torres Cuba 5.8 7.266 -0.3 12.766
5 Paula Mejias Puerto Rico 5.3 7.466 -0.1 12.666
6 Isabella Amado Panama 5.1 7.466 12.566
7 Karla Retiz Mexico 5.2 7.366 12.566
8 Catalina Escobar Colombia 5.1 7.333 12.433

Article by Lauren Hopkins

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