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DALLAS, Texas, Aug. 12, 2009 -- 2008 Olympic silver-medalist Jonathan Horton of Houston came from behind to take the lead in the men’s all-around with a score of 91.250 on the first night of the senior men’s competition at the 2009 Visa Championships at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The final day of men’s competition is Friday, Aug. 14. Tomorrow, women’s gymnastics takes the floor.
Horton, who won the Olympic high bar silver medal, finished the competition on the high bar, his premier event, to move ahead of defending U.S. champion David Sender of Arlington Heights, Ill. Sender, who is competing for shonakamori.com, led the competition for rotations two through five, but a fall on his last event, pommel horse, dropped him to second with an all-around total of 90.600. Tim McNeill of Fall Church, Va., was third in the all-around with 88.500.
Horton performed a double front vault, which scored a 16.100. Horton’s solid high bar routine, including three major release moves, scored a 15.900 to take the lead as the first night of the men’s competition ended. His other event scores were: 15.050 on floor; 13.200, pommel horse; 15.800, still rings; and 15.200, parallel bars.
“I am happy with tonight, even though I know I can do better,” said Horton. “A lot of guys will say they don’t look at the scoreboard (while they’re competing), but I’m always looking. When I saw myself in 22nd place, I got fired up. I knew exactly where I was and that if I could land the dismount (on high bar), the crowd would love it. That really got me going. Now I feel confident going into the final round. “
Sender earned a 17.050 for his vault, a Tsukahara double pike. His high bar set included a stuck double twisting double layout. His total score after four events was 61.80. Sender scored a 15.650 for his skill-packed floor routine, complete with a double layout full out mount, to maintain the all-around lead after five events with a total of 77.450. Sender had the top scores on floor, still rings (15.850) and vault. Miami’s Danell Leyva had the top parallel bars at 15.400.
“I just wanted to prove what I could do in my events (tonight),” said Sender. “I just wanted to come in and do a couple of skills I’ve been working on and just enjoy it. My back is a little tight from some of the landings today.”
The men advance to the final night of competition on Friday based on points earned from today’s performances. The list of competitors advancing to the final night are listed below, along with the point totals based on a 20-point formula.
The Visa Championships continues tomorrow with women’s gymnastics, as well as trampoline and tumbling and acrobatic gymnastics. For a complete schedule go to www.usa-gymnastics.org.
Tickets may be purchased by phone at 800-745-3000; online at www.ticketmaster.com; at all Ticketmaster outlets; or at the American Airlines Center Ticket Office. All-session tickets for rhythmic gymnastics, acrobatic gymnastics, and trampoline and tumbling at the Dallas Convention Center may also be purchased via Ticketmaster. In recognition of Visa’s longstanding support of USA Gymnastics, the 2009 Visa Championships proudly accepts only Visa cards.
2009 Visa Championships - Men Day 1
American Airlines Arena
August 12, 2009
First of two nights of competition
NOTE: At bottom is a list of the 42 men advancing to the final day of competition
1. Jonathan Horton, Houston, Texas, 91.250
2. David Sender, Arlington Heights, Ill., 90.600
3. Tim McNeill, Falls Church, Va., 88.500
4. Danell Leyva, Miami, Fla., 88.350
4. Wesley Haagensen, Colorado Springs, Colo., 88.350
6. Steven Legendre, Flower Mound, Texas, 88.300
7. Kyle Bunthuwong, El Cerrito, Calif., 88.000
7. Glen Ishino, Santa Ana, Calif., 88.000
9. Joseph Hagerty, Albuquerque, N.M., 87.800
10. Tim Gentry, Plano, Texas, 87.350
11. Jake Dalton, Sparks, Nev., 86.900
11. Kyson Bunthuwong, El Cerrito, Calif., 86.900
13. Brandon Wynn, Voorhees, N.J., 86.450
14. Alex Buscaglia, Cary, Ill., 85.700
15. Alexy Bilozertchev, Hilliard, Ohio, 85.400
16. Paul Ruggeri, Manlius, N.Y., 85.100
17. Chris Cameron, Winter Haven, Fla., 84.600
18. David Henderson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 84.150
18. CJ Maestas, Corrales, N.M., 84.150
20. Derek Helsby, State College, Pa., 83.550
21. Mel Anton Santander, Southborough, Mass., 83.350
22. Guillermo Alvarez, Denver, Colo., 83.250
23. William J Laury, Houston, Texas, 83.200
23. Joshua Dixon, San Jose, Calif., 83.200
25. Edward Mesa, Cooper City, Fla., 82.650
26. Jake Bateman, Kingsport, Tenn., 82.450
27. Matt Hicks, Colorado Springs, Colo., 81.050
28. Donothan Bailey, Lake Forest, Calif., 80.600
29. Thomas Kelley, Libertyville, Ill., 79.700
30. Spencer Johnson, Colorado Spring, Colo., 79.450
31. Ralph G. Rosso, Morganville, N.J., 70.750
32. Luke Stannard, Waukegan, Ill., 69.800
33. Edward Umphrey, Ann Arbor, Mich., 65.000
34. Chris Brooks, Houston, Texas, 58.650
35. Andrew Elkind, Colorado Springs, Colo., 53.900
36. Matthew Greenfield, Villanova, Pa., 53.650
37. Daniel Ribiero, Chestnut Ridge, Ill., 41.450
38. Nyika White, Stroudsburg, Pa., 30.150
39. Evan Roth, North Woodmere, N.Y., 29.600
40. Cameron Deer, Houston, Texas, 28.100
41. Steven Spencer, Pleasanton, Calif., 23.900
42. Kit Beikmann, Brighton, Colo., 15.450