Maitozo Wins Bronze Medal in Vaulting at World Equestrian
de Frontera, Spain September 14, 2002 Devon Maitozo
of Acton, CA won the Individual Bronze Medal in the Mens
division of Vaulting with a score of 8.612, on Saturday at the
2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. Matthias
Lang of France won the Gold Medal with a score of 8.973, and Germanys
Gero Meyer took the Silver with a score of 8.771.
U.S. team, Free Artists Creative Equestrians (FACE) of Moorpark,
CA, finished in fifth place out of fourteen teams with a score
of 7.599. Germany won the Gold Medal with a score of 8.199. The
silver went to Switzerland with a score of 8.042 and Sweden put
in a Bronze Medal performance with a score of 7.821.
best U.S. finisher in the Womens division was Pamela Geisler
of Diamond Bar, CA who finished in eighth position with a score
of 8.209, after temporarily dropping down to tenth in the compulsories
earlier in the day.
Chef d Equipe Emma Drinker was extremely pleased with the
performances of all the U.S. athletes.
team really stepped up to the plate, said Drinker. Some
of them were sick and still were able to perform well enough to
keep them in fifth. This is a young team with not a lot of international
experience, yet they did the United States Equestrian Team (USET)
proud against the big guns.
also praised the individual competitors for their inspiring performances.
was fabulous, said Drinker. He was such a showman
and had so much creativity. Pam did so well in the Freestyle that
she was able to move up a few places, which was very difficult
U.S. placings included: Samantha Smith of Saratoga, CA who was
fifteenth in the Individual Womens division, and Eric Martonovich
of Golden, CO who also finished fifteenth in the Individual Mens
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