THOUSANDS ATTEND VILLA El SALVADOR SPORTS CENTER
On July 30, five finals were held with hundreds of people crowding the stands as interest in gymnastics continues to grow.
Perhaps several years ago, no one would have imagined such an attendance in a gymnastics event, a sport struggling to be recognized in Peru even though worldwide it arouses a lot of interest for the marvelous maneuvers performed by gymnasts in top competitions.
Thanks to Lima 2019, Peru has a new sports center: venue located on the heart of Villa El Salvador district. It was at this venue where the gymnastics events took place, raising a huge interest among its hundreds of attendees only in the first four days of competition.
All events were held with a full venue and with the best conditions of accessibility and comfort for the attendees and athletes. On July 30 afternoon, five high-level finals were held showing outstanding performances, such as the one made by the Chilean Tomás González. He fulfilled his promise to win the gold medal at Lima 2019 by defeating Robert Neff from the United States and the Colombian Andrés Martínez, who won the bronze. In this event, the Peruvian Daniel Agüero placed sixth, while the Brazilian Arthur Zanetti placed seventh.
The audience also enjoyed the pommel horse finals. In this competition, the Brazilian Carlos Barretto took home the gold; while Robert Neff from the USA and Colombia’s Carlos Calvo bagged the silver and bronze, respectively. The Peruvian Jesús Moreto placed eighth.
In women’s vault, the gold went to the Canadian Elsabeth Ann Black, followed by Yesenia Ferrera from Cuba and Shallon Olsen from Canada. Meanwhile, in the rings event, Mexico’s Fabián de Luna surprised everyone by defeating the Brazilian Arthur Zanetti, who obtained the silver medal. The Argentinian Federico Molinari was the happiest at the event. He reached the bronze and received a loud ovation from his fellow Argentinians.
Finally, on women’s uneven bars finals, the member of the gold-medal-winning team at the 2018 World Championships, Miley McCusker from United States, claimed the gold. Recently, she placed second at the U.S. Classic Gymnastics Tournament. Leanne Wong got the silver medal, while the Canadian Elisabeth Ann Black earned the bronze. Without a doubt this was a top level event with a huge audience, which forecasts a rising interest for this sport in Peru, where only football prevails.