Leyva, Horton lead US team for world championships
Saturday, August 20, 2011
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Danell Leyva's first U.S. title earned him another trip to the world gymnastics championships.
Leyva and runner-up Jonathan Horton, whose performance Friday night had automatically qualified him, lead the U.S. team for the world championships that was announced Saturday. Joining them are U.S. bronze medalist John Orozco; Jake Dalton, who was fifth in the all-around and won the floor and vault titles; Steve Legendre, sixth overall; and Alexander Naddour, a pommel horse specialist. Chris Brooks, who finished fourth in the all-around, was named alternate.
It is the first world team for Orozco, a three-time U.S. junior champion, and Naddour.
The world championships are Oct. 7-16 in Tokyo and serve as the main qualifier for next summer's London Olympics.