June 2, 2014
ANADIA, Portugal -- University of Michigan undergraduate assistant men's gymnast Sam Mikulak (Corona del Mar, Calif./Corona del Mar) captured a gold medal, a silver medal and a bronze medal over the weekend at the 2014 Anadia World Challenge Cup in Anadia, Portugal (May 31-June 1).
Additionally, rising sophomore Tristian Perez-Rivera (Caugas, Puerto Rico/Notre Dame) also took part in the event, where took a fifth-place finish on the floor.
Mikulak, who was recently appointed undergraduate assistant, took home gold on high bar and bronze on parallel bars on Sunday (June 1), after earning a silver medal on floor exercise on Saturday (May 31). In addition to earning finals berths on floor exercise, parallel bars and high bar, he also took part in the vault finals competition, placing fifth.
On day one of finals competition, the 2012 U.S. Olympian tumbled a one-and-a-half twist to front double twist before dismounting with a triple full, scoring a 15.550 to take the silver medal. Eddie Penev, also of the United States, received the gold after earning a 15.625, and Tomas Gonzalez of Chile finished third with a 15.375.
On day two, Mikulak began his competition on the vault, where he performed a Kasamatsu one-and-a-half and a front handspring Rudi to average a score of 14.375, good for fifth place. After vault, Mikulak traveled to the parallel bars, where he earned yet another medal. His score of 15.125 was good enough for third place, finishing behind Kevin Antoniotti of France (15.500) and Mitja Petkovsek of Slovenia (15.475).
The highlight of the competition for Mikulak came on high bar, where he hit a nearly flawless routine that included a stuck layout double0double dismount that earned him an event-best 15.450 to beat out Marijo Moznik of Croatia (15.125) and Brazil's Francisco Barreto (15.050).
Perez-Rivera participated in three events. The floor event marked the first time the 2014 All-American has competed internationally for Puerto Rico while donning the Maize & Blue.
The trio of medals gives Mikulak 11 individual international medals, as he previously earned five individual medals at the 2012 Kellogg's Pacific Rim Championships, two at the 2013 World Challenge Cup, and one at the 2014 AT&T American Cup.
The event, which had a field of over 85 male athletes from 24 countries, is part of the FIG's World Cup series and featured individual-event competition.
Contact: Scott Kemps