Alicia Sacramone continued her domination of the Vault apparatus, as she added another gold to her collection winning in today’s finals at the Paris Bercy competition. Sacramone easliy topped Lais Souza of Brazil and Aagje Vanwalleghem of Belgium. This marks Sacramone’s third World Cup vaulting victory this season as she was also crowned champion at the American Cup in February and at the Belgium event in April. She also added a sixth place finish on Floor scoring 8.525.
The men tallied a pair of 5th place finishes in event finals with Sean Townsend competing on Parallel Bars with 8.975 and Guillermo Alvarez on Floor scoring 9.025.


    1. MOUNARD, Johan FRA SV=10,000 – 9.550
    2. PETKOVSEK, Mitja SLO SV=9,700 – 9.475
    3. KUWAHARA, Shun JPN SV=9,800 – 9.350
    4. CUCHERAT, Yann FRA SV=9,900 – 9.200
    5. TOWNSEND, Sean USA SV=9,900 – 8.975
    6. DRIGGS SANTOS, Abel CUB SV=9,900 – 8.775


    1. DRAGULESCU, Marian ROM SV=10,000 – 9.525
    2. KARBANENKO, Dimitri FRA SV=9,900 – 9.500
    3. BARMPAKIS, Konstantinos GRE SV=9,700 – 9.150
    4. BOGONOSYUK, Evgeni UKR SV=9,700 – 9.075
    5. ALVAREZ, Guillermo USA SV=9,600 – 9.025
    6. TABARA, Naoya JPN SV=9,600 – 8.850


    1. SACRAMONE, Alicia USA – 9.375
    2. SOUZA, Lais BRA – 9.262
    3. VANWALLEGHEM, Aagje BEL – 9.100
    4. SHERBATYKH, Olga UKR – 8.962
    5. CHUSOVITINA Oxana UZB – 8.787
    6. MARX, Lara LUX – 8.687
Guillermo Alvarez’s Back Flip!                        
    1. DOS SANTOS Daiane BRA SV=10,000 – 9.425
    2. SEVERINO Isabelle FRA SV=9,800 – 9.225
    3. SOUZA Lais BRA SV=9,900 – 9.150
    4. HARMES Suzanne NED SV=9,800 – 8.825
    5. PIHAN Marta POL SV=9,700 – 8.800
    6. SACRAMONE Alicia USA SV=9,600 – 8.525
Full results can be found at | PARIS-BERCY RESULTS |.


May 20 – The U.S. delegation advanced three gymnasts to the finals at the World Cup Paris Bercy event. After qualifications today, Alicia Sacramone leads the way, qualifying to finals on both Vault and Floor Exercise. Sacramone, who trains at Brestyan’s Gymnastics, is coming fresh off a victories in both events at last months World Cup event in Belgium.

On the men’s side, University of Minnesota’s Guillermo Alvarez qualified to Floor finals, placing 5th in the qualification round. Sean Townsend of Houston Gymnastics Academy qualified to Parallel Bar finals, the event on which he was crowned World Champion in 2001. Rings specialist Eric La Morte narrowly missed out on making finals in his signature event, despite putting up a strong 9.525. The men’s delegation was rounded out by Jonathan Horton, Brett McClure, and Todd Thornton.