Wilson Defends Gymnastics Title
Mar. 08, 1998
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) _ Blaine Wilson defended his American Cup men's all-around title on Saturday and Ukraine's Viktoriya Karpenko took the women's gold with a strong floor exercise.
Wilson, a 1996 Olympian from Columbus, Ohio, took control early, scoring 9.65 on his first two events, the pommel horse and still rings. He finished at 57.325, edging Russian Alexei Bondarekno by 1.525. Dimitri Karbanenko of France took the bronze at 54.850.
The other American finalist, Yeski Tomita of Tucson, Ariz., finished seventh.
``My mental set was to come in here and have a good time and hit sets,'' Wilson said. ``That's what I did. Mentally, it sort of just clicked with me.''
Karpenko's 9.775 on the floor was the highest score of the afternoon and it vaulted her past China's Meng Fei. Karpenko finished at 37.955 to Fei's 37.530.
Kristin Maloney of Pen Argyl, Pa., the 1997 USA Gymnastics' gymnast of the year, used a 9.562 on the floor to claim the bronze at 37.436. Reigning national champion Vanessa Atler of Canyon Country, Calif., was fourth at 37.087.