June 24, 2013
ANADIA, Portugal -- University of Michigan men's gymnast Sam Mikulak (Corona del Mar, Calif./Corona del Mar) captured a gold and bronze medal over the weekend at the 2013 Anadaia World Challenge Cup. The rising senior took home gold on high bar on Sunday (June 23) after earning a bronze medal on floor exercise on Saturday (June 22). In addition to earning finals berths on high bar and floor, he took part in the event finals on vault and parallel bars, taking seventh on vault and fourth on parallel bars.
In his first final on floor in day one, the 2012 U.S. Olympian tumbled a one-and-a-half twist to double front before dismounting with a triple full, scoring 15.100 to take the bronze medal. Two-time World floor champion Diego Hypolito of Brazil, 15.375, and Mathias Fahrig of Germany, 15.175, finished first and second, respectively.
On day two, Mikulak began his competition on the vault, where he performed Kasamatsu one-and-a-half and a front handspring Rudi vault to average 14.412. He finished in a tie for seventh place with Romania's Marius Berbecar. His fourth-place finish on parallel bars was highlighted by a posting of a 14.875 and featured a giant Suarez into a straddled front one-and-a-quarter to Moy.
However, the highlight of the competition came on high bar, his final event, where he hit a nearly flawless routine that included a stuck double double dismount that earned him an event-best 15.275 to beat out Angel Rivera of Puerto Rico (14.600) and Russia's Igor Pakhomenko (13.925).
The event, which has a field of 170 athletes from 33 countries, is part of the FIG's World Cup series and features individual-event competition.
The competition was the first of at least three summer competition for Mikulak, who will next take part in the USAG National Qualifier July 13 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Mikulak will compete alongside U-M teammates Adrian de los Angeles, Stacey Ervin and Michael Strathern and administrative assistant Ian Makowske.
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