Maitozo Vaults into Third at World Equestrian Games
de Frontera, Spain September 12, 2002 Devon Maitozo
of Acton, CA vaulted his way into third place from tenth in the
Individual Mens Freestyle division of Vaulting on Thursday
at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.
U.S. team, Free Artists Creative Equestrians (FACE) of Moorpark,
CA, moved up one place to fifth and into possible medal position.
am very happy with my Kur today, said Maitozo. I had
a few problems with the compulsories, but today went great. I
received a few tens, so that helped.
is now in contention for a medal going into the second round,
but the 1998 World Champion has much to overcome for another Gold
would be very tough to get the Gold, said Maitozo. Matthias
Lang (FRA) and Gero Meyer (GER) both did very well, I will need
some luck, but hopefully I will get a medal.
also coaches and choreographed the difficult routine for the Team
Freestyle competition which earned FACE their improved position.
was on the edge of my seat watching the team, said Maitozo.
There were a few tense moments, but they did very well.
They had so much energy.
top three stayed the same going into the second round - Germany
is in the lead with a score of 8.226,
place Switzerland has a score of 8.146 and Swedens third
place score is 7.738.
competition continues on Friday with Round B Team and Mens
Compulsories and Round A Womens Freestyle competition.
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