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Puerto Rico, Mexico Win Central American Games
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Mexican veteran Elsa Garcia helped her team defend its title Monday at the XXI Central American and Caribbean Games in Puerto Rico.

The Puerto Rican men and Mexican women defended their team titles at the XXI Central American and Caribbean Games, taking place this week in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.

On Sunday, Puerto Rico scored 356.425 to win comfortably over Mexico (342.093) and Colombia (337.759). Puerto Rico claimed the highest team total on five events, eclipsed only on parallel bars by Mexico.

Luis Rivera, 28, led the host nation to its third consecutive title, living up to the team's nickname of "Los Golden Boys." Rivera was also a member of the team that upset Cuba at the 2002 Central American Games in San Salvador, and won again in 2006 in Cartagena, Colombia. Puerto Rico also won the men's team title at the 2007 Pan American Games.

Rivera (89.598) and Luis Vargas (89.497) were the top two qualifiers to Tuesday's all-around final.

"These will be my last Central American Games and I hope to God to achieve a great result with my guys," the 27-year-old Vargas said prior to the competition. "It would be nice if I leave with a gold on my chest."

Elsa Garcia, 20, led Mexico (210.450) to victory Monday over Venezuela (206.800) and Puerto Rico (197.250).

Mexico's team included 2008 Olympian Marisela Cantú, world team member Yessenia Estrada and newcomers Ana Lago, Alexa Moreno and Daniela De León.

"Mexico really started well and ended well," Garcia said. "There were great performances from us and other countries, but in the end we got first."

Venezuelan star Jessica Lopez qualified second behind Garcia after a missed routine on floor exercise. 2008 Olympian Nathalia Sanchez qualified third for Colombia, which did not field a full women's team.

The gymnastics competition is taking place in Hormigueros, south of Mayagüez. On July 17, massive winds that postponed the Games' opening ceremonies badly damaged the gymnastics training hall.

External Link: Official Event Website

XXI Central American and Caribbean Games
July 25-26, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico

Women's TeamVTUBBBFXTotal
1. Mexico 54.350 52.200 51.700 52.200 210.450
2. Venezuela 54.000 53.400 51.600 47.800 206.800
3. Puerto Rico 52.800 46.950 47.250 50.250 197.250

Men's TeamFXPHSRVTPBHBTotal
1. Puerto Rico 58.998 57.865 59.132 63.832 57.566 59.032 356.425
2. Mexico 56.432 55.265 56.366 60.366 58.499 55.165 342.093
3. Colombia 56.032 55.732 55.332 60.732 56.632 53.299 337.759
4. Venezuela 54.632 50.432 55.498 61.665 55.265 53.365 330.857
5. Guatemala 47.532 25.766 44.132 57.265 31.866 43.698 250.259

Women's QualificationVTUBBBFXTotalQ
1. Elsa García 14.000 14.100 13.700 13.400 55.200 Q
2. Jessica López 14.000 14.300 14.500 12.350 55.150 Q
3. Nathalia Sánchez 12.650 13.750 13.100 13.050 52.550 Q
4. Ana Lago 13.300 12.300 13.000 13.500 52.100 Q
5. Mónica Yool 13.550 13.100 12.550 12.850 52.050 Q
6. Sidney Sanabria 13.250 12.950 12.500 13.050 51.750 Q
7. Ivet Rojas 13.500 13.150 12.400 12.250 51.300 Q
8. Adriana Ruano 13.300 12.300 12.250 12.300 50.150 Q
9. Mariana Sánchez 12.800 12.200 12.300 12.650 49.950 Q
10. Yessenia Estrada 12.800 12.600 12.450 12.000 49.850
11. Maciel Peña 13.450 12.850 11.650 11.750 49.700
12. Leysha López 12.700 11.750 12.600 12.250 49.300 Q
13. Johanny Sotillo 13.050 13.100 12.000 11.100 49.250
14. Nicolle Vázquez 13.900 10.950 10.700 13.050 48.600
15. Cindy Ruiz 12.850 9.300 12.700 11.450 46.300
16. Karina Regidor 13.100 10.750 10.050 12.100 46.000 Q
17. Yamilet Peña 13.600 11.400 9.600 11.000 45.600 Q
18. Thema Williams 13.100 7.650 11.550 12.800 45.100 Q
19. Andrea López 12.400 10.400 10.300 11.900 45.000
20. Morgan Beckles 12.100 8.400 9.050 9.950 39.500 Q
21. Montserrat Armenteros 12.350 7.300 10.050 9.150 38.850 Q
22. Alexa Moreno 13.450 12.100 13.000 38.550
23. Daniela De León 13.600 10.500 12.300 36.400
24. Rosie Finnigan 10.600 7.050 7.550 9.600 34.800 Q
25. Marisela Cantu 13.200 12.550 25.750
26. Bibiana Rodríguez 12.950 11.300 24.250
27. Marcela Aparicio 12.650 10.950 23.600
28. Dimarys López 11.450 11.300 22.750
29. Sofía Bonilla 12.200 0.000 9.300 21.500

Men's QualificationFXPHSRVTPBHBTotalQ
1. Luis Rivera 15.066 14.966 14.833 16.033 13.900 14.800 89.598 Q
2. Luis Vargas 14.366 14.166 14.966 15.600 15.433 14.966 89.497 Q
3. Jorge Giraldo 13.800 15.066 14.600 15.700 14.933 13.233 87.332 Q
4. Daniel Corral 14.566 14.066 14.400 14.700 15.000 14.133 86.865 Q
5. Ángel Ramos 14.233 14.000 13.900 16.066 13.933 14.466 86.598
6. José Fuentes 13.766 13.766 14.500 15.166 14.266 14.800 86.264 Q
7. Didier Lugo 13.066 13.100 14.700 15.366 14.266 14.366 84.864 Q
8. Santiago López 14.833 13.100 13.500 14.966 14.333 13.866 84.598 Q
9. Jhony Parra 13.600 13.666 13.166 15.766 13.400 13.533 83.131 Q
10. Jossimar Calvo 14.166 12.366 13.166 14.566 13.300 14.600 82.164
11. Mynor Juárez 13.066 12.233 13.000 15.533 13.100 13.066 79.998 Q
12. Xavier Veloz 13.766 10.400 12.466 15.333 13.366 13.366 78.697
13. Oscar Cañas 12.700 13.733 12.700 13.366 13.566 12.233 78.298 Q
14. Jesús De León 11.766 11.433 12.200 15.133 13.300 12.300 76.132 Q
15. Tarik Soto 14.000 11.333 11.733 14.366 11.666 12.500 75.598 Q
16. Alexander Rodríguez 15.066 13.966 16.133 14.300 14.666 74.131
17. Audrys Nin 10.266 10.866 10.833 13.300 12.833 11.766 69.864 Q
18. Pablo Velázquez 9.833 11.133 12.400 13.833 11.166 9.766 68.131 Q
19. Luis Sosa 13.133 13.666 13.900 14.833 12.466 67.998
20. José Manama 13.500 12.600 15.400 14.233 11.666 67.399
21. Roberto Fiallos 10.700 2.666 14.166 13.466 11.766 11.100 63.864
22. Mario Picón 9.333 9.200 10.300 12.966 8.266 10.833 60.898 Q
23. Jorge Vega 11.500 4.333 9.066 13.766 10.500 10.966 60.131
24. Rafael Morales 14.500 14.733 14.133 14.900 58.266
25. Aldo Torres 13.733 14.166 15.400 13.966 57.265
26. James Brochero 14.233 13.400 0.000 15.100 14.133 56.866
27. Javier Balboa 13.300 13.333 15.300 13.833 55.766
28. Miguel Monreal 14.200 13.900 14.333 13.333 55.766
29. Jorge Peña 13.833 14.166 14.533 11.100 53.632
30. Cristopher Linares 13.633 11.766 15.000 8.833 49.232
31. Tommy Ramos 15.200 13.700 14.600 43.500
32. Regulo Carmona 13.366 15.366 14.666 43.398
33. Eliezer Almanzar 12.266 1.500 11.500 14.933 40.199
34. Corey Greenidge 12.133 15.000 7.833 34.966
35. Fabián Meza 12.866 0.000 12.866

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