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Ohashi, Dalton Win American Cup Titles
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Americans Katelyn Ohashi and Jake Dalton comfortably captured the AT&T American Cup, a FIG World Cup held Saturday in Worcester, Mass.

Americans Katelyn Ohashi and Jake Dalton comfortably captured the 38th American Cup, a FIG World Cup held Saturday in Worcester, Mass.

Ohashi, a first-year senior, scored 59.199 to top teammate Simone Biles (57.666) and Canadian Olympian Victoria Moors (57.066).

Biles soared ahead of the field on the first event thanks to her huge Amanar on vault, which brought her 15.733 (out of a 6.3 possible Difficulty score, downgraded from 6.5 in the previous Code of Points). She had the top score on uneven bars as well with 14.800 (Weiler kip, pirouette to Shaposhnikova; Tkatchev; piked Tkatchev to Pak salto; full-twisting double).

Ohashi, who notched the second-best scores on vault (double-twisting Yurchenko, close to stuck) and uneven bars (late pirouettes), pulled ahead in the third rotation with a jam-packed routine on balance beam. She had the top score of the day with 15.333, impressing with her standing Arabian to sissone and layout full twist. She missed some connections on her second series but had the top D-score of the day by far 6.8.

On floor exercise, Ohashi clinched victory with a 14.400 for a classy new routine (piked full-in; 1 1/2 to front double twist; 2 1/2 punch front).

"It feels so great to be out here," said Ohashi, who trains under Olympic champion Valeri Liukin at World Olympic Gymnastics Academy in Plano, Texas. "It’s a great start to my senior career. I want to keep upgrading my routines, focus on cleaning them up and being consistent."

Biles dropped off beam in the third rotation on two-foot layout, but dismounted with two flip flops into a very high tucked full-in. She told IG she was "shaky and nervous" on beam, but happy with her first-place performances on vault — her strength — as well as bars, usually her weakest event.

"I actually go really fast and I get ahead of myself," she said of bars routine, "and have to slow it down, and then just think really hard with what's happening next, and then just do it like I do in practice."

Biles, also a first-year senior, impressed with the most difficult tumbling in the women's competition (tucked double-double; double layout; 1 1/2 to double pike; 2 1/2 tsit) but hinted of more difficulty to come by calling them her "downgraded passes."

Moors, who trains under legendary coach Elvira Saadi, was fourth after the third rotation before a brilliant floor routine moved her to the bronze. After sticking her opening double-double, Moors showed her usual elegant effort and tumbled a further 1 1/2 to triple twist and double tuck for first place on the event (14.900). Moors also tied Ohashi for second on vault (clean double-twisting Yurchenko with a large step back).

German Olympian Elisabeth Seitz was fourth, followed by former world champion Vanessa Ferrari of Italy (who also tumbled a tuck double-double for second place on floor). Britain's Gabrielle Jupp, Japan's Asuka Teramoto and Canada's Maegan Chant followed in the rankings.

Dalton, who won the U.S. Winter Cup last month, hit six routines to win the men's competition by more than 2 points over Ukrainian Olympian Oleg Vernyayev, 89.398-87.298. German star Marcel Nguyen was third with 87.031.

Dalton, a finalist on floor exercise at last summer's Olympic Games in London, had the top mark on floor with 15.700 (his layout Arabian double front mount). He also had the best mark on vault, 15.433, with a triple-twisting Tsukahara (Kasamatsu double), which has been downgraded to 6.6 Difficulty, as well as on high bar.

"It feels great to win the AT&T American Cup," he said. "It’s good to get back into routine mode and hit all my routines, Start value and consistency are my focus – I want to be the one to count on when I go out there and compete."

Vernyayev had the best score on pommel horse with 15.033, but came unglued on parallel bars for eighth on the event (13.966). Nguyen, the reigning Olympic all-around silver medalist, won still rings and parallel bars but scored only 13.033 on pommel horse and erred on high bar.

Japan's Hiroki Ishikawa finished fourth, half a point behind Nguyen. Kristian Thomas, who helped Great Britain win an historic team bronze at the Olympics in London, was fifth.

Defending champion Danell Leyva of the U.S., the 2012 Olympic all-around bronze medalist, took sixth despite suffering from illness. South Americans Sergio Sasaki (Brazil) and Jorge Hugo Giraldo (Colombia) rounding out the field.

The American Cup is the fourth of five all-around World Cups for the 2012-3013 season. Previous events in the series were the 2012 American Cup, held in March in New York; the 2012 DTB Cup held in December in Stuttgart; and the 2012 Glasgow World Cup, held in December. The final event takes place in April 6-7 in Tokyo.

External Link: USA Gymnastics Website

2013 AT&T American Cup/FIG World Cup
March 2, Worcester, Mass.

Women's All-AroundVTUBBBFXTotal
1.Katelyn Ohashi5.814.9006.214.5666.815.3335.814.40059.199
2.Simone Biles6.315.7336.114.8005.813.1336.114.00057.666
3.Victoria Moors5.814.9005.313.5665.714.0005.914.60057.066
4.Elisabeth Seitz5.814.7666.014.5005.613.8665.313.56656.698
5.Vanessa Ferrari5.314.3335.613.6665.713.6336.114.46656.098
6.Gabrielle Jupp5.013.8665.313.7006.314.4335.513.66655.665
7.Asuka Teramoto5.314.0005.614.1005.413.3664.612.80054.266
8.Maegan Chant5.414.1334.912.8005.311.9335.712.53351.399

Men's All-AroundFXPHSRVTPBHBTotal
1.Jake Dalton6.515.7005.013.3336.215.1666.015.4336.315.0336.114.73389.398
2.Oleg Vernyayev6.614.3336.715.0336.114.7666.015.0006.813.9666.114.20087.298
3.Marcel Nguyen6.014.4335.013.0336.115.1665.614.9006.515.1336.214.36687.031
4.Hiroki Ishikawa6.214.8665.814.5335.613.5665.214.6006.314.9666.314.00086.531
5.Kristian Thomas6.315.4005.714.0335.714.3665.614.0006.014.1666.013.86685.831
6.Danell Leyva6.112.8006.414.5665.614.4335.615.0336.714.8336.913.60085.265
7.Sergio Sasaki6.513.8006.114.3335.714.4006.014.2006.114.3334.912.16683.232
8.Jorge Hugo Giraldo5.714.1336.014.1005.814.2665.213.2006.414.9665.511.63382.298
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lekka colrabbi said:

Nice, Americans on top. I believe this is the first time an American won the Cup since 2012!!! xxx ok xxxx s xxx :-) xxx!
March 02, 2013
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