INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 12, 2010 – The USA won its second medal at the 2010 Toyota Cup as 2010 U.S. horizontal bar silver-medalist Paul Ruggeri of Manlius, N.Y., won the bronze medal on horizontal bar in Aichi, Japan. Ruggeri also earned a bronze medal on floor exercise on the first day of the two-day, individual event.
Ruggeri, who competes for the University of Illinois and was the alternate for the 2010 U.S. Men’s World Championships Team, earned the bronze medal on high bar with a score of 15.750 behind World all-around champion Kohei Uchimura of Japan, who claimed the silver medal with a 15.875. World high bar champion Zhang Chenglong of China took the gold at 15.975. 2008 Olympic team bronze-medalist Joey Hagerty of Albuquerque, N.M., finished in eighth place.
World vault champion Thomas Bouhail of France claimed the vault title with a 16.375. Denis Ablyazin of Russia was second (16.175) and Koji Yamamuro of Japan took third (16.125). Ruggeri finished just off the podium in fourth place.
On parallel bars, Kazuhito Tanaka of Japan won the gold medal with a 15.650. Feng Zhe of China (15.200) and Emin Garibov of Russia (15.050) finished second and third, respectively. Ruggeri took fifth place, and Hagerty, who trains at the U.S. Olympic Trainning Center, finished tied for sixth.
The 10-country field featured five 2010 World Championship medalist including World all-around champion Kohei Uchimura of Japan; parallel bars champion Feng Zhe and high bar champion Zhang Chenglong, both of China; vault champion Thomas Bouhail of France; floor bronze-medalist Daniel Purvis and pommel horse silver-medalist Louis Smith, both of Great Britain.
Dec. 12, 2010
Day 2 Men’s Results
1. Thomas Bouhail, France, 16.375
2. Denis Ablyazin, Russia, 16.175
3. Koji Yamamuro, Japan, 16.125
4. Paul Ruggeri, Manlius, N.Y., 15.862
1. Kazuhito Tanaka, Japan, 15.650
2. Feng Zhe, China, 15.200
3. Emin Garibov, Russia, 15.050
5. Paul Ruggeri, Manlius, N.Y., 14.750
6. Joseph Hagerty, Albuquerque, N.M., 14.675 (tie)
1. Zhang Chenglong, China, 15.975
2. Kohei Uchimura, Japan, 15.875
3. Paul Ruggeri, Manlius, N.Y., 15.750
8. Joseph Hagerty, Albuquerque, N.M., 14.350