INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. gymnasts Jonathan Horton (Houston) and David Sender (Chicago) racked up an amazing six medals during six days of competition at the 2003 International Junior Gymnastics Competition in Nagoya, Japan, Sept. 12-16.
The International Junior Gymnastics Competition in Nagoya is the world’s most prestigious and competitive junior event, attracting the world’s best athletes ages 18 and under.
Horton, who turns 18 on Dec. 31, finished with the silver medal in the all-around, plus a bronze on the high bar. Horton is coming off a stellar performance at the Pan American Games in Santo Domingo in which he finished fourth in the all-around and won a bronze medal with the team.
Horton trains at Cypress Academy under coach Tom Meadows, and is a junior at Cy-Fair H.S. He won the U.S. Junior all-around national title at the U.S. Championships in June.
Sender, who turned 18 on Aug. 27, took third behind Horton in the all-around, and posted gold medal-winning marks in the still rings and vault. Sender also finished third on the pommel horse. Sender competed alongside Horton on the 2003 Pan Am Team that won the bronze medal. He took third in the all-around at the 2003 U.S. Championships, and finished fourth on the vault.
Sender trains at Buffalo Grove Gymnastics under Don Osborn and Kelly Crumley, and is a senior at Buffalo Grove H.S.