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Sooners help U.S. qualify for 2012 Olympics

FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: October 10, 2011

TOKYO — Four gymnasts with Oklahoma ties helped the U.S. Men's Team advance to the 2011 World Championships finals and the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

The U.S. advanced by finishing second on Monday in qualifying rounds. OU juniors Jake Dalton and Alex Naddour and Sooner alums Steven Legendre and Jonathan Horton are on the six-man U.S. roster that will compete Wednesday in the World Championships finals. Another former OU gymnast, Chris Brooks, is the U.S. team's one alternate.

OU coach Mark Williams is an assistant coach for the U.S. team.

“It's been a tremendous feat for Team USA to finish second in the team qualifications at the 2011 World Championships,” Williams said in a release. “It's an added reward that we secured a position in the 2012 Olympic Games from this team's outstanding performance.”

With the second place finish in the qualifying rounds, the United States has been guaranteed a berth in the team portion of the 2012 Olympics. Gymnasts will compete for spots on the Olympic Team at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in San Jose, Calif., from June 28-July 1.

Team USA scored a 361.583 in the qualifying round, finishing behind first-place Japan. China, Germany, Russia, Korea, Romania and Ukraine followed the U.S. and secured spots in the team finals.