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Horton Claims Bronze at World Championships
October 22, 2010

Oct. 22, 2010

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands – Less than 24 hours after the conclusion of the team finals, OU alum Jonathan Horton claimed the men’s all-around bronze medal at the 2010 World Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

It marks only the third all-around medal earned in the history of team USA competing at the World Championships and the first medal since 2003 when Paul Hamm won the title.  Horton bested his previous high score at the 2007 World Championships where he posted a fourth place finish.

“This is awesome,” said Horton.  “I have wanted this all my life – to be a world medalist.  I am beyond happy, but not satisfied. If you know the real Jon Horton, you know I want to be the best and I want my team to be the best.  Right now I am exhausted but I want to keep training.  I want to get back in the gym already.  I am ecstatic right now.”

The race for second and third in the all-around came down to the last rotation.  Horton (89.864) just missed the silver, finishing less than two tenths-of-a-point behind Germany’s Philipp Boy (90.048).  As expected, Japan’s Kohei Uchimura won the all-around gold medal with a 92.331 total. 

“I had tears in my eyes at the end of the competition. I know that Jon has worked very hard for this goal. I’m so happy for him and pleased to be at least a little a part of his success,” said OU Head Coach Mark Williams.

Horton’s event scores were 14.866 on floor exercise, 13.833 on pommel horse, 15.366 on still rings, 15.566 on vault, 15.200 on parallel bars and 15.033 on high bar. 

On Saturday, Oct. 23, and Sunday, Oct. 24, the World Championships wrap up with the individual event finals. Sooners competing in the individual event finals are Steven Legendre on floor and Chris Brooks on high bar.

For individual events, the top eight on each apparatus from the qualification rounds advance to the finals (Oct. 23-24). A maximum of two gymnasts per country advances to the all-around and individual event finals.

For an in-depth interview with Oklahoma Head Coach Mark Williams about the 2010 World Championships, visit the OU Men’s Gymnastics Blog.

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In addition to awarding world medals, the 2010 World Championships also determine the 24 countries that advance to the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo.  Countries have two opportunities to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games, finishing in the top eight in the team competition at the 2011 World Championships or in the top four at the 2012 Olympic Test Event in London. World champions and medalists will be determined for both men and women in the team, all-around and individual events.

The World Championships features team, all-around and individual event competition.  Qualification rounds determine advancement to the team, all-around, and apparatus finals. The men’s qualification rounds are Oct. 18-19. The top eight teams compete in the team finals on Oct. 20. The top 24 individuals compete in the all-around final on Oct. 22. For individual events, the top eight on each apparatus from the qualification rounds advance to the finals (Oct. 23-24). A maximum of two gymnasts per country advances to the all-around and individual event finals.

Fans can follow the action on both Universal Sports and NBC Sports.  Universal Sports is carrying a live webcast on universalsports.com and providing same-day, tape-delayed primetime broadcasts on its cable network for all of the final rounds. NBC Sports’ coverage of the World Championships will be broadcast from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23, and 2-4 p.m. on Oct. 24.

USA Gymnastics' Web site, www.usa-gymnastics.org, will have results and a variety of information on the U.S. Team's efforts in London.

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