Bhardwaj Qualifies For All-Around, Vault Finals At World Gymnastics Championships

Oct. 30, 2001

Ghent, Belgium - Former UCLA All-American Mohini Bhardwaj will make a return appearance in the vault finals at the World Gymnastics Championships, four years after her first. Bhardwaj's vault score of 9.375 held up as the fourth-highest mark of the preliminary competition. In addition, Bhardwaj qualified for the all-around finals with the 12th-best mark (35.924).

In her first World Championships appearance in 1997, Bhardwaj placed fifth on vault to achieve the U.S.'s highest placing at the Championships. She will try to improve upon that finish during Saturday's event finals. Bhardwaj will be the second-to-last competitor.

The all-around championship begins Friday. Bhardwaj will compete in the second session, starting on the balance beam and finishing on the uneven bars. She is one of three Americans to make the finals, joining Tasha Schwikert and Tabitha Yim in the 32-woman field.

Bhardwaj and her U.S. teammates will vie for a team medal Wednesday. The Americans finished in second place after the preliminary round with a team total of 145.147, second only to Romania (146.646). Also qualifying for the team finals were the Netherlands (144.159), Russia (144.134), Spain (142.797), Australia (141.483), Ukraine (140.559) and Germany (138.747).

Scores from the preliminaries will not count towards the team and individual totals during the finals.

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