Brody Malone successfully defended his all-around title at the U.S. Championships held in Tampa, Fla. this weekend by edging out the rest of the field by more than five points.
Over the two-day competition, Malone recorded a total of 176.590 (88.942 on day one and 87.648 on day two) to claim his second all-around title. Scores were heavily impacted by a bonus system implemented by the USA men’s program to incentivize higher difficulty so the team could be more competitive internationally. En route to the all-around title, Malone, the 2021 high bar world bronze medalist, won the floor and high bar titles. Malone, 22, who trains under a trainer Thom Glielmi at Stanford University, was 10 years olde in the all-around at the Tokyo Olympics last year and finished fourth in the high bar final.
Donnell Whittenburg, third after the first day of competition, posted 86.797 on day two to win the silver medal with a total of 171.571. Whittenburg, a member of the 2021 world team and 2015 world vault bronze medalist, also won the rings title with a two-day total of 30.744. Whittenburg, the oldest gymnast in the competition at 28, took full advantage of the bonus system by producing three massive scores on VT (16.380/15.930), SR (15.422/15.322) and FX (12.772/15.695) to increase his overall score. .
First year senior Asher Hong, second after the first day of competition, won the bronze medal with a total of 171.210. Hong won the jump title by competing with a Ri (Tsuk full in) and after that with a second jump a Kasamatsu 2 ½ twists. “Vault was the highlight of my weekend,” he said. Hong could have won the all-around silver had it not been for several major mistakes in her last routine of the competition on high bar. “Third place makes me feel good, and I’m already looking forward to the world selection camp in early October.” The 18-year-old also placed second on floor and third on rings.
Another first-year senior, Frederic Richard, 18, placed fourth with 169.166. Richard finished third in the peloton on floor and second on high bar.
Tokyo Olympian, Yul Moldauplaced fifth with a total of 169.139, followed by Walker foal 169.049. Shane Wiskus was seventh with 167.429 and Taylor Burkhart eighth with 165.425. Reigning Pommel Horse World Champion, Stephen Nedoroscikwon the pommel horse title, while Curran Phillips won the parallel bars title with an impressive 33.948 (16.999 and 16.949).
Five of the top 10 all-around gymnasts are part of the Stanford University program, which earlier in the year won its third straight NCAA team title.
Reigning NCAA All-Around Champion, Paul Judah, did not compete due to a knee injury suffered at the US Classic three weeks ago; however, he was added to the U.S. national team and is scheduled to attend the World Selection Camp in October.
By placing first and second in the all-around, Malone and Whittenburg secured a spot on the team to represent the United States at this fall’s world championships in Liverpool.
The Senior Men’s National Team was announced shortly after the competition and includes: Brody Malone, Donnell Whittenburg, Stephen Nedoroscik, Curran Phillips, Asher Hong, Colt Walker, Shane Wiskus, Yul Moldauer, Fred Richard and Paul Juda.
Earlier today, in the junior competition, Kai Uemura won the all-around in the 16-year-old division with 159.624, followed by Kiran Mandava 156.018 and Preston Ngai 155.095. In the age group of 17 years David Chamah won the title with 159.175, followed by Alexandre Nitache 156,867 and Chase Davenport Mills 156.703.
For the complete results of the men’s competition Click here.
The US Championships conclude tomorrow with the second day of junior and senior women’s competition.
Other recent International Gymnast Online coverage of the 2022 US Championships competitors include:
USA’s Alex Diab: On World Cup success: ‘I’m proud of the progress I’ve made’
Winter Cup winner Vitaliy Guimaraes: “I’m constantly working to improve every event”
American gymnast Riley Loos: “I’ve never been more motivated to climb the ladder”
New US champion Malone sticks to plan for Tokyo: ‘It’s worked well so far’
Four Pan American gold medals, an “important step in the process” for Yul Moldauer
Moldauer finds silver lining in ‘final push’ to Tokyo Olympics