WORCESTER, Mass. — Fifteen-year-old Katelyn Ohashi won her first senior gymnastics competition, and Olympian Jake Dalton took the men’s title on Saturday at the American Cup.
The event is the first of the World Cup season and the most prestigious international gymnastics competition on U.S. soil. But it was also the coming out party for the American women, Ohashi and runner-up Simone Biles, who will try to follow up the Fierce Five’s London gold with a repeat in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
Dalton, the 2012 NCAA champion who was fifth in the floor exercise in London, surpassed a field that included the Olympic silver and bronze medalists with four scores of 15 or higher, including a 15.7 on the floor.
Danell Leyva, the defending American Cup champion and winner of the bronze all-around in London, struggled to recover from a stomach bug and stumbled badly in the floor exercise and high bar.