HOUSTON (AP) David Sender looked skyward, clapped his hands, then leaned over and kissed the pommel horse. He might want to consider having that piece of equipment bronzed.
The Stanford senior did just enough on pommel horse to edge Jonathan Horton for the title at the U.S. gymnastics championships Saturday night. His 13.75 on pommel horse gave Sender 180.7 points for the two-day meet, a mere 0.25 ahead of Horton, who was fourth in the world last year.
Joseph Hagerty was third and defending national champion David Durante was fourth.
The standings would have looked a lot different had Olympic gold medalist Paul Hamm been around. Hamm had built up a commanding lead in Thursday night's preliminaries, but he broke the fourth metacarpal in his right hand in the final seconds of his parallel bars routine.
Hamm could have surgery as early as Tuesday, and recovery is at least four weeks.