Bhardwaj Helps U.S. Establish Early Lead At World Gymnastics Championships

Oct. 29, 2001

Ghent, Belgium - The U.S. women's team took a commanding early lead in the World Gymnastics Championships Monday, with former UCLA All-American Mohini Bhardwaj in third place in the all-around standings with a mark of 35.924.

U.S. teammates Tasha Schwikert (36.262) and Tabitha Yim (36.037) are the only gymnasts ahead of Bhardwaj after day one.

With a score of 9.375, Bhardwaj is currently in second place on the vault behind three-time Olympian Oksana Chusovitina of Uzbekistan. Bhardwaj qualified for the vault finals in her last World Championships appearance in 1997, placing fifth.

Bhardwaj earned the U.S. team's third-highest marks on bars (8.687) and beam (8.762) and scored a 9.1 on floor.

After the first day of women's competition, the United States leads with 145.147 points, 2.350 points ahead of Spain and 6.827 in front of Brazil. The top eight teams advance to the team finals. Individually, the top 32 gymnasts advance to the all-around finals, and the top eight gymnasts move on to the apparatus finals. Twenty of the 27 teams are scheduled to compete Tuesday.

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