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Hambüchen, Johnson Lead American Cup
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Germany's Fabian Hambüchen and American Shawn Johnson were the top qualifiers at the Tyson American Cup, held Friday in Jacksonville, Fla.

The top eight gymnasts advance to Saturday's final, which will be shown live on NBC television. The American women finished first through fifth, but only two will advance.

Hambüchen held off Americans Jonathan Horton and Sasha Artemev to claim the top men's spot. Hambüchen, the all-around bronze medalist at the 2006 World Championships, earned the top score on high bar (15.700) and tied for the top score on vault (16.150).

Belarus' Dmitry Savitsky had been leading the all-around until he ended with a low score on high bar (13.850).

Johnson, a first-year senior, outscored second-place Natasha Kelley by .9. Johnson earned the highest women's score of the day (16.100) on balance beam, where she has added a standing full twist.

American Samantha Peszek earned the top score on vault (15.250) and Ukraine's Daria Zgoba earned the highest score on uneven bars (15.800).

2007 American Cup
March 2, 2007

Women's Qualification
1. Shawn Johnson USA 62.100
2. Natasha Kelley USA 61.200
3. Shayla Worley USA 60.700 *
4. Bianca Flohr USA 60.550 *
5. Samantha Peszek USA 60.300 *
6. Elsa Garcia MEX 59.450
7. Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs CAN 58.950
8. Zhou Zhuoru CHN 58.050
9. Daria Joura AUS 56.750
10. Daria Zgoba UKR 56.700
11. Kristina Pravdina RUS 55.800
12. Kyoko Oshima JPN 54.050
13. Andreea Grigore ROM 53.800
14. Katja Abel GER 53.050
15. Danielle Englert SUI 14.400
16. Nathalia Sanchez COL 13.100

Men's Qualification
1. Fabian Hambüchen GER 90.750
2. Jonathan Horton USA 90.150
3. Sasha Artemev USA 90.100
4. Nakase Takuya JPN 89.800
5. Guillermo Alvarez USA 89.400 *
6. Dmitry Savitsky BLR 89.350
7. Maxim Devyatovsky RUS 89.200
8. Lu Bo CHN 88.450
9. Luis Vargas PUR 87.600
10. Flavius Koczi ROM 87.000
11. Adam Wong CAN 86.700
12. Raj Bhavsar USA 85.200
13. Daniel Corral MEX 70.250

* Does not advance because of two-per-country rule

International Gymnast magazine's coverage of American Cup competitors includes:

"Double Break" - Katja Abel profile (July/August 2006)
"Super Natural" - Sasha Artemev profile (May 2002)
"Relative Success" - feature includes Sasha and Vladimir Artemev (December 1998)
"Double Crossed" - Raj Bhavsar interview (March 2005)
Elsa Garcia profile (May 2006)
"German Giants" - Fabian Hambuechen profile (May 2003)
"Opening Doors" - Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs profile (March 2007)
Jonathan Horton on cover (May 2006)
"A Taste of China" - Shawn Johnson profile (November 2006)
Shawn Johnson on cover, Shawn Johnson center poster (October 2006)
"The Joy of Joura" - Joura profile (March 2007)
Joura on cover (July/august 2006)
Natasha Kelley profile (March 2006)
Samantha Peszek profile (November 2006)
"Soul Search" - Kristina Pravdina profile (July/August 2006)
"Friends in High Places" - short Vargas profile (January/February 2007)
"Beyond Boundaries" - Luis Vargas profile (May 2004)
"Quick Chat: Adam Wong" (October 2005)
Shayla Worley poster (July/August 2006)
Daria Zgoba poster (November 2005)
Zhou Zhuoru poster (May 2006)

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