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Sooners, U.S. Qualify for Finals at Worlds
October 19, 2010

Oct. 19, 2010

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands – Three Sooners helped the U.S. men secure their position in the men's team finals on Oct. 21 at the 2010 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

OU will also be represented well in the all-around and individual event finals as Jonathan Horton will compete in the all-around finals, while Steven Legendre (floor) and Chris Brooks (high bar) compete in the individual event finals.

At the end of the qualification round, the U.S. men's team was ranked third (357.092), behind China (362.482) and Japan (361.400).

Horton is currently in fourth place in the all-around with a score of 89.598, with Legendre in 15th with a score of 88.156. Brooks is in 146th place with a 74.340 but only competed in five events.

The members of the World Team are: Brooks, Chris Cameron, Horton, Legendre, Danell Leyva, and Brandon Wynn. Paul Ruggeri, is the alternate.

This is the second consecutive year that half of the World Championship team is represented by OU gymnasts.

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 will broadcast coverage on Oct. 23 and 24. For the complete web and TV schedules, go to usagym.org/worlds.

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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