Vaulters Move Up At WEG - Maitozo
Shows Champion Style
SPAIN September 12 - The American Vaulters moved up in the standings
across the board today. The United States Team was almost flawless
in their execution of their 5 minute freestyle. The competition
was fierce and this brilliant performance was only enough to move
the team from sixth to fifth position at the close of Round I. Germany,
Sweden, Switzerland and the Slovakia remain ahead of the United
States in the Team Event.
three American men were able to improve their final Round I standings
with their freestyle (kur) scores earned on this second day of competition.
Kenny Geisler's performance moved him into 21st position, but not
enough to continue to Round II. Only 15 men are able to continue.
Martonovich and Maitozo were able to secure spots in the second
round of competition and move on to the Round II compulsories tomorrow.
Martonovich performed a freestyle routine with a martial arts theme
and moved from 11th to 7th place at the end of day. His strength
and balance dominated his artistic interpretation of the music.
When asked to compare how he felt about this World Championships
and his trip to WEG III in Rome, Martonovich found an ear to ear
smile. "My team mate is here! Doc and I are a team. We've trained
together for six years! He's definitely the difference". (Note:
Martonovich leased horses at WEG III Rome where he placed 14th.
At the Vaulting World Championships 2000 in Germany, he placed 16th
and was unable to continue to the second round. Most American vaulters
find the cost of shipping their horse to Europe prohibitive.)
the spectators saw poetry in the Men's Competition. Devon Maitozo
started the day in 10th place. The mastery and artistry of this
former World Champion's freestyle was not wasted on the judges or
spectators at this competition. A freestyle routine lasts only 60
seconds, but this performance will be remembered for years. Impressionistic
choreography impeccably executed brought a hush to this crowd, until
the final moment. All who were lucky enough to witness this freestyle
know poetry is sometimes a feast for the eyes.
RESULTS - Round I
1. Germany with Wanderer
2. Switzerland with Le Grand
3. Sweden with Galestro
4. Slovak Republic with Baron
5. United States with Zar Ivan
MEN (30 competitors)
1. Mattais Lang, France with Farceur Breceen HN
2. Gero Meyer, Germany with Kolumbus
3. Devon Maitozo, USA with Abu Dhabi 2
4. Jan Bayer, Germany with Aladin 169
7. Erik Martonovich, USA with Doc
21. Kenny Geisler, USA with Markant
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