Oct. 27, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Brandon Wynn, a former All-American (2008-11) on the Ohio State men's gymnastics team, claimed the gold medal on rings Thursday in the individual finals at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.
The United States captain and two-time defending national champion stuck his landing to help claim a 15.625 - 0.25 better than the second-place score by Arthur Zanetti of Brazil. U.S. teammate Christopher Maestas notched 15.550 for the bronze medal.
"It really feels good to win," Wynn said. "I knew coming into this meet and trying to defeat the new world silver medalist as of two week ago would be very hard. But I relaxed and went all in."
Wynn's gold medal marked the first top honor for the United States squad at the elite international event.
With his performance, Wynn, a two-time NCAA and Big Ten champion for the Scarlet and Gray (2009 and 2010), will now look to continue his momentum this winter as he prepares to make a spot on the 2012 Olympic squad next summer in London.
"Brandon did a great job with his new routine, especially after competing three days in a row," said Ohio State head coach Rustam Sharipov. "The difference was only a couple tenths, but all the hard work that he has done in the gym has paid off. It was a good showing that he is on the right track to fight for a spot next year for London."
2011 Pan American Games
Men's Artistic Gymnastics
Oct. 27, 2011
Still Rings Final Results (Top 3)
1. Brandon Wynn (United States) - 15.625
2. Arhur Zanetti (Brazil) - 15.600
3. Christopher Maestas (United States) - 15.550
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