YOKOHAMA, Japan, Sept. 21, 2009 – The United States’ Briley Casanova of Dallas, Texas, and John Orozco of Bronx, N.Y., won bronze medals in both the women’s and men’s all-around at the 2009 Junior Japan International Competition on Sept. 22 in Yokohama, Japan.
Russia’s Viktoria Komova won the women’s all-around with a 59.800. Natsumi Sasada of Japan finished second with a 56.100. Casanova, who trains at WOGA, earned a 55.300 to finish third, just ahead of the USA’s Sophina DeJesus of Temecula, Calif./SCEGA at 54.950.
World Cup Gymnastics’ Orozco scored a 86.700 to earn his all-around bronze, behind Japan’s Chihiro Yoshioka (89.350) and Shou Yokoyama (87.450). Orozco won his third straight U.S. junior all-around crown at the 2009 Visa Championships.
The USA’s Jake Dalton of Sparks, Nev./University of Oklahoma finished in sixth place (83.250) in the all-around, posting the highest vault score of the all-around competition with a 16.100. Dalton is a member of the U.S. Team for the 2009 World Gymnastics Championships in London and is expected to compete on vault.
Event finals will be held tomorrow, September 23. For complete information visit the competition website at http://jr-gym.or.jp.
Countries participating in the 2009 Junior Japan International Competition include Australia, Belgium, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Italy, Jamaica, Republic of Korea, Netherland, Romania, Russia, Switzerland, Ukraine, United States, and Japan.
2009 Junior Japan International
September 22, 2009
All-around Final Results
1. Viktoria Komova, Russia, 59.800
2. Natsumi Sasada, Japan, 56.100
3. Briley Casanova, Dallas, Texas/WOGA, 55.300
4. Sophina Dejesus, Temecula, Calif./SCEGA, 54.950
1. Chihiro Yoshioka, Japan, 89.350
2. Shou Yokoyama, Japan, 87.450
3. John Orozco, Bronx, N.Y./World Cup Gymnastics, 86.700
Other U.S. finish
6. Jake Dalton, Sparks, Nev./University of Oklahoma, 83.250