Caio Souza claims Pan Ams all-around title

USA, Brazil men earn additional quota place for Tokyo 2020

By Scott Bregman
Picture by 2019 Getty Images

2019 Pan American Games all-around champion Caio Souza of Brazil added another continental victory to his resume Friday (4 June) at the Pan American Championships in Rio. The Brazilian earned a total score of 84.450, holding off American Paul Juda (83.000) and teammate Diogo Rajao Soares (82.700).

The event is the final qualifier to this summer's Tokyo Olympic Games for the Americas. Juda and Rajao Soares earned additional quota spots for Teams USA and Brazil, respectively. Souza was ineligible to earn the spot by virtue of his participation on the Brazilian team that qualified to the Games at the 2019 World Championships.

Women's competition begins tomorrow with Brazil's Rebeca Andrade targeting a Tokyo berth after recovering from a third ACL tear in June 2019.

Souza earned his best score of the day, a 14.800, on the vault, which Brazil competed on after a lengthy wait while officials worked to secure the vaulting table with sandbags. His other scores were 13.700, floor; 13.400, pommel horse; 14.400, still rings, 14.700, parallel bars; and 13.450, horizontal bar.

World high bar champion and Olympic bronze medallist Arthur Nory returned to competition after shoulder surgery a year ago. He earned a 14.400 on the horizontal bar to lead the standings.

For Juda and his American teammates, Riley Loos, Vitaliy Guimaraes and Cameron Bock, the event overlaps with the U.S. gymnastics championships. Their participation in Rio earns them automatic berths to the U.S. Olympic team trials, scheduled for June 23-27 in St. Louis.