Jong coasts to 2021 GK U.S. Classic junior all-around title behind top scores on vault, uneven bars and balance beam
INDIANAPOLIS, May 21, 2021 – Junior gymnast Katelyn Jong of Allen Texas/Metroplex Gymnastics dominated the competition Friday night in Indianapolis, cruising to a three-point all-around victory and three event titles at the 2021 GK U.S. Classic. Kailin Chio of Henderson, Nev./Gymcats Gymnastics (51.750) edged Gabriella Van Frayen of Lewis Center, Ohio/Gym X-Treme (51.700) to finish in second.
Jong took the top spot on vault, uneven bars and balance beam. Kaliya Lincoln of Frisco, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics led the way on floor exercise.
The GK U.S. Classic continues Saturday with the first of two senior sessions kicking off at 1 p.m. ET on NBC’s Peacock. The second senior session will air live on NBCSN at 7 p.m. ET.
The top-three event placements are listed below by apparatus.
- Vault: 1. Katelyn Jong, Allen, Texas, Metroplex Gymnastics, 14.200; 2. Joscelyn Roberson, Texarkana, Texas, North East Texas Elite Gymnastics, 14.100; 3. Kaliya Lincoln, Frisco, Texas, WOGA Gymnastics, 14.050
- Uneven bars: 1. Katelyn Jong, Allen, Texas, Metroplex Gymnastics, 13.300; 2. Gabriella Van Frayen, Lewis Center, Ohio, Gym X-Treme, 13.150; 3. Kailin Chio, Henderson, Nev., Gymcats Gymnastics, 13.900
- Balance beam: 1. Katelyn Jong, Allen, Texas, Metroplex Gymnastics, 13.750; 2. Tiana Sumanasekera, Pleasanton, Calif., West Valley Gymnastics School, 13.400; 3. Paloma Spiridonova, Torrance, Calif., WOGA Gymnastics, 13.350
- Floor Exercise: 1. Kaliya Lincoln, Frisco, Texas, WOGA Gymnastics, 13.600; 2. Katelyn Jong, Allen, Texas, Metroplex Gymnastics, 13.500; 3. Joscelyn Roberson, Texarkana, Texas, North East Texas Elite Gymnastics and Azaraya Ra-Akbar, Columbia, Md., World Class Gymnastics, 13.250
The GK U.S. Classic serves as the final opportunity for female gymnasts to qualify to the 2021 U.S Championships, which will be held June 3-6 in Fort Worth. Izzy Stassi of North Royalton, Ohio/Gym X-Treme took full advantage, becoming the final junior gymnast to advance after posting a 51.350 on the night.