ISSY LES MOULINEAUX, France, June 24, 2006 – The United States nailed all five parallel bar routines in its final rotation to clinch the team title in the France/Switzerland/USA tri-meet at the Robert Charpentier Palace of Sports in Issy les Moulineaux, France, located on the outskirts of Paris.

The USA’s Jonathan Horton of Houston and David Durante of Garwood, N.J., were second and third in the all-around, placing behind France’s Raphaël Wignanitz.

The competition format had five men competing on each apparatus, with four scores counting toward the team score. Each team determined which five compete on each apparatus.

The six men on the U.S. Team were: Guillermo Alvarez of Denver; Alex Artemev of Morrison, Colo.; David Sender of Chicago; Kevin Tan of Fremont, Calif.; Durante; and Horton.

The members of the other two teams were: France – Thomas Bouhail, Gaël Da Silva , Simon Foret, Danny Rodrigues , Cyril Vieu and Wignanitz; and Switzerland – Claudio Capelli, Flavio Fanconi, Roman Gisi, Daniel Groves, Roland Haeupili and Mark Ramseier.

2006 France/Switzerland/USA meet results


1. USA, 353.05
2. France, 351.90
3. Switzerland, 343.10


1. Raphaël Wignanitz, FRA, 89.10
2. Jonathan Horton, Houston, 87.00
3. David Durante, Garwood, N.J., 86.95