16. December 2002  
Dallas / USA  
Artistic Gymnastics

Gatson wins Ljukin Invitational

The '7thValery Ljukin Invitational' was won by Jason Gatson (USA/55,35) last weekend at the World Olympic Gymnastics Academy in Plano, near Dallas (Texas).
On second place came Yernar Yerimbetov from Kazachstan (54,125), third was Denis Zbitskiys (LAT/54,050), also winner on pommel horse. The Austrian Thomas Zimmerman came on second place on this apparatus.
The competition is named in honor of legendary World and Olympic champion Valery Ljukin, who was the first gymnast with a triple sault on floor in 1987.