2008 NCAA all-around champion Steven Legendre of Flower Mound, Texas and 2009 Winter Cup parallel bars gold medalist Danell Leyva of Miami/Universal Gymnastics posted a strong showing on the final day of competition at the 2009 Japan Cup at the Makuhari Event Hall in Chiba, Japan.
The first international meet in the Tokyo area since 1993 concluded Sunday, July 19 with an individual all-around featuring a 12 gymnast field, including two gymnasts per country. Levya finished seventh overall with a score of 88.500, scoring as high as fourth on high bar with the mark of 15.1. Legendre finished tenth with an all-around score of 84.350, despite placing third on floor exercise with a score of 15.4.
The Japanese took first and third in the all-around, with 2008 Olympic all-around silver medalist Kohei Uchimura winning gold with a score of 92.750 and Kazuhito Tanaka taking bronze with 90.850. European champion, German Fabian Hambuechen won silver with 92.100.