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Horton Returns From France
May 23, 2005

NORMAN, Okla.   University of Oklahoma men’s gymnast Jonathan Horton along with OU head coach Mark Williams headed overseas to take part in the 14th International French World Cup in Paris-Bercy, France, on May 20-21. 

“The competition was a lot of fun,” said Horton.  “Even though it wasn’t the best competition that I’ve had, I did learn a lot from it and it will help me in the future.”

Horton competed on the still rings, vault and high bar.  The freshman failed to qualify for the event’s finals though, finishing 20th (9.1) on the still rings, 23rd (9.15) on the vault and 15th (8.9) on the high bar in the competition’s qualifying session.

“I’m happy with Jonathan’s performance,” said Williams.  “The scores were a little lower than his NCAA scores, due to a different scoring system, but it was a great experience for him to compete against the best gymnasts in the world.  It should be motivating for him and he knows he has to do certain things to be competitive at this level of competition”

Horton was one of only six U.S. gymnasts invited to the prestigious competition   Other members of the U.S. delegation included 2004 Olympian Brett McClure and 2005 NCAA Nissen award winner Guillermo Alvarez.  Only two U.S. gymnasts advanced to the finals, Alvarez on the floor exercise and Sean Townsend on the parallel bars.

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