USA Takes Two Medals in World Games
posted on 07/16/2005
Yuliya Hall (Idaho Falls, ID) and Shelley Klochan (Highland, IN) are bringing home hardware from the 2005 World Games in Duisburg, Germany.  Hall, who recently won a silver and a bronze in World Cup events, finished with a score 66.10 on Saturday to take third in women's tumbling.  Olena Chabanenko of Ukraine took first place, followed by Anna Korobeynikova of Russia.  Klochan was in third place in women's double mini after the preliminary round and maintained that ranking with a score of 65.80, behind Sarah Charles of Canada, first, 71.40 and Nicole Pacheco, Portugal, 67.80.


In men's tumbling, Casey Finley (Lubbock, TX) was in first place after prelims, but an error on the first pass in finals caused him to finish in seventh place, scoring 64.60.  Josef Wadecki of Poland won men's tumbling with a score of 75.20.  In men's double mini, Keith Douglas (Grand Rapids, MI) was in second place after prelims, but also had an error in finals that caused a score of 61.90 and a seventh place finish.  Radostin Rachev, Bulgaria, won men's double mini, scoring 74.50.

Men's synchro competition saw the Germans Serth and Stehlik take the gold.  Ryan Weston (Chubbuck, ID) and Chris Estrada (Lafayette, LA) represented the US and were in fifth place after prelims, but fell to eighth place in the final round with a score of 46.40.  The US did not qualify a women's pair to the 2005 World Games.  The qualifying event was the 2003 World Championships.

The World Games is held every four years for those sports that are not included in the Olympic program.  In addition to tumbling, synchro and double mini, other gymnastics disciplines that are included in the World Games are rhythmic and acrobatic gymastics.  Read more about the World Games on the web site at here to go to the results page.