KOJI Uematsu was the first competitor on floor (piked double Arabian half; double layout; tucked full-in). And although 0.3 in
neutral deductions landed him in last after the first
rotation, it was good to see a routine with more
flips and fewer twists.
Philipp Boy’s (Germany) 11⁄2 twist to tucked
Thomas was secure, but his ending triple twist was
rather messy. Horton opened with a tucked double
double, and a few hops on his landings put him narrowly behind Boy, 15.133-15.066.
Dalton tumbled a huge layout double Arabian
and triple twist. It was a fantastic routine ( 6. 6 D-score) with impressive execution ( 9.166 E-score)
for a well-deserved 15.766 and the early lead.
Britain’s Daniel Purvis was only 0.1 behind
Dalton in difficulty, but a hand down after a 21⁄2
twist to rudi and a large step after a piked double
Arabian left him in a tie for fifth ( 14.633).
Purvis and Boy fell off pommels, and the
Americans were hampered by low D-scores ( 3. 8 for
Dalton). Samuel Hunter (Great Britain) fought to
2011 World Cup Series
Category A: Competition II (All-Around)
1) Jacksonville, Florida: March 5
2) Glasgow, Scotland: April 14-17
3) Stuttgart, Germany: November 12-13
4) Tokyo, Japan: November 26-27
Jonathan Horton (top)
won his third American
Cup title, while
Kuksenkov (bottom) finished a close second.
ABOVE: Strong floor,
vault and parallel bars
routines helped Jake
Dalton (USA) overcome
a relatively simple routine on the pommel
horse and place third
LEFT: Japan’s Koji
Uematsu won parallel
bars ( 15.433) and was
in position to finish in
the all-around medals
until he scored only
14.700 on high bar.
stay on the apparatus when his Russians went
awry, and recovered nicely to place fourth
( 13.733). Cyril Tomassone (France) showed good
form and extension for a 14.666, while Ukraine’s
Nikolai Kuksenkov won this event with a secure and
fast-paced routine ( 14.866).
Horton dominated rings (Maltese to iron cross;
Jonasson to planche; tucked double-double dismount) for an event-high 15. 5. Kuksenkov stayed
on Horton’s heels (Jonasson to Yamawaki to straddle planche; piked double front dismount), tied with
Dalton ( 11⁄2-twisting double tuck).
Uematsu’s routine was original and included a
Jonasson to handstand; piked Guczoghy to O’Neill;
and piked double front dismount. Hunter struggled
here and put a hand down on his 11⁄2-twisting double back dismount ( 13.266).
Boy won vault with a high, stuck handspring-double front that elicited cheers from the crowd.
Horton performed the same vault but scored 0.1
less (low landing, step to the side), while Dalton’s
Lopez (Kasamatsu-double twist) was the most difficult vault of the day. Meanwhile, Kuksenkov took a
0.1 lead after his double-twisting Yurchenko ( 15. 7).
Boy, Dalton and Horton shared second place on
parallel bars ( 15.066), with all of them using a double pike dismount. Kuksenkov, whose form here
wasn’t the best, finished .266 behind this trio, and
was in second place after five rotations.
Uematsu claimed the top p-bars score ( 15.433)
with a routine that included a peach-half, piked
Belle and Tippelt, but this was not enough to move
him higher than seventh with one event remaining.
Going into high bar, less than 2.5 points separated the top seven gymnasts, and Horton clung to
a 0.16 lead over Kuksenkov, who led Tommasone
Boy, who had climbed back to fourth at this
point, showed the most difficult routine ( 7.2) of the
competition. However, he dropped to the mat twice
and dropped two places to finish in sixth.
Uematsu’s exercise included three Kovacs