(L-R) Bridget Sloan, China’s Jiang Yuyuan and Chellsie Memmel
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BEIJING, China, Nov. 29, 2007—Bridget Sloan of Pittsboro, Ind., claimed the women’s all-around bronze medal at the Good Luck Beijing International Tournament in Beijing, China. Chellsie Memmel of West Allis, Wis., finished fifth. The Good Luck Beijing International Tournament features women’s competition in all-around and individual events, and men’s competition in team and individual events.


Sloan posted a score of 59.225 to finish behind China’s Jiang Yuyuan, who won gold with a 61.225, and Australia’s Daria Joura, who earned silver with a 59.800. Memmel scored a 57.425 to finish fifth.


Sloan will compete in the individual event finals in all four events, and Memmel will compete in balance beam and floor exercise.


The U.S. Men’s Team finished eighth in the team finals with a score of 261.275. China won gold, followed by Japan with silver and Korea with bronze. Competing for the men were: David Durante of Garwood, N.J.; Sean Golden of Camden, N.J.; Sho Nakamori of Albany, Calif.; David Sender of Arlington Heights, Ill.; Clay Strother of Jasper, Texas; and Todd Thornton of Houston, Texas.


Sender will compete in the individual event finals on floor exercise and vault. Golden and Strother are the third reserve athletes on floor and pommel horse, respectively.


Individual event finals are Dec. 1-3: Dec. 1, women’s floor exercise and vault, and men’s floor exercise and pommel horse; Dec. 2, women’s uneven bars, and men’s still rings and vault; and Dec. 3, women’s balance beam, and men’s parallel bars and horizontal bar.


For complete results, visit http://www.gymnastics2007.org.cn/ga/en/.


Held at the National Indoor Stadium, the Good Luck Beijing International Tournament is the test event for artistic gymnastics for the 2008 Olympic Games, giving each country an opportunity to see the Olympic competition venue in action.


Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States. Its mission is to encourage participation and the pursuit of excellence in the sport. Its disciplines include mens and womens artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, and acrobatic gymnastics. For more information, log on to www.usa-gymnastics.org.




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