TOKYO, Japan, July 4, 2010 – Chris Cameron of Winter Haven, Fla., finished ninth in the men’s all-around at the 2010 Japan Cup at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, site of the 2011 World Gymnastics Championships, in Tokyo, Japan. The USA’s Paul Ruggeri of Manlius, N.Y., also competed in the all-around finals.
Japan took the top two men’ all-around spots, with 2009 world champion Kohei Uchimura earning 93.450 points to Koji Yamamuro’s 91.100. Korea’s Kim Soo Myun was third.
Cameron, who trains at the University of Michigan, tallied 86.950 points for ninth. Cameron’s event scores were 15.000, floor exercise; 14.550, pommel horse; 14.800, still rings; 14.200, vault; 14.500, parallel bars; and 13.900, horizontal bar. Ruggeri of the University of Illinois was two places back at 86.400. His event scores were: 15.250, floor exercise; 11.600, pommel horse; 13.450, still rings; 15.600, vault; 14.950, parallel bars; and 15.550, high bar.
Earlier in the competition, the U.S. men won the team bronze medal. In addition to Cameron and Ruggeri, the U.S. team was comprised of five members: Chris Brooks of Houston/University of Oklahoma; Jonathan Horton of Houston/Cypress Academy; and Alex Naddour of Mesa, Ariz./University of Oklahoma. Tom Meadows and Yuan Xiao are coaching the U.S. team. John Orozco of Bronx, N.Y./World Cup Gymnastics, was the alternate.
The Japan Cup featured an eight-team field that included France, Great Britain, Germany, Japan, Korea, Romania, Russia, and the United States. In the team competition, three gymnasts competed on each apparatus and all three scores count toward the team score, just like in the finals of the World Championships and Olympic Games.