Former OU gymnast wins first two individual event medals of his career at the elite level.
March 17, 2013
NORMAN, Okla. -- Former Oklahoma men’s gymnast Jacob Dalton (2010-12) won a silver medal on high bar and a bronze medal on floor at the 2013 French International Sunday in La Roche sur Yon, France. Steven Legendre (2008-11), one of just three Americans to advance to the finals, finished fourth on vault.
Part of the International Gymnastics Federation’s individual World Cup series, Dalton and Legendre advanced to the finals from a field of 12 elite international competitors. The top four athletes on each apparatus from yesterday’s qualification round advanced to the finals. Dannel Leyva was the only other U.S. gymnast in the finals and won gold on high bar.
“Jake did two very nice routines,” OU head coach Mark Williams said. “I’m very happy for his success at the French International, and these are his first two individual event medals at the elite level.”
Dalton was second on high bar with a 14.733, behind Leyva’s 15.300. Croatia’s Marijo Moznik finished third with a 14.666.
On floor, Dalton earned a bronze medal with a 15.100. Romania’s Flavius Koczi won the gold at 15.366, and Russia’s Denis Ablyazin was second at 15.300.
Legendre posted a 11.900 on vault, which put him in fourth. Yang Hak Seon of Korea won the title with a 14.500, followed by Vietnam’s Ha Thanh Nguyen in second at 13.666 and Poland’s Marek Lyszczarz at 12.766.
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