Bhardwaj Sixth, Richardson Seventh In Floor Finals

Aug. 23, 2004

Athens, Greece - UCLA alumnus Mohini Bhardwaj (1998-2001) and Bruin junior gymnast Kate Richardson completed their Olympic Games in the floor exercise final and placed sixth and seventh, respectively. Both gymnasts recorded identical scores of 9.312, with Bhardwaj winning the tiebreaker to claim sixth place.Bhardwaj, who won a silver medal as captain of Team USA, tumbled an opening pass of double layout to immediate punch front, had a clean full-in second pass and a double pike final pass. However, she did not get full rotation on her tuck jump double turn and failed to get credit for the skill, lowering her start value to 9.7.Despite not earning a floor medal Monday, Bhardwaj was still pleased with her Olympic Games, saying, 'This is a dream come true for me. That's all I can say.'Richardson, the first Canadian woman ever to qualify for the Olympic floor exercise finals, performed a crowd-pleasing routine that opened with a clean double layout. She also hit her piked full-in middle pass and was on her way to a nice score when she took one step out of bounds on her final pass of whip/whip/double pike. She received a 9.412 before being deducted one-tenth of a point for the out-of-bounds, the score drawing a chorus of boos from the crowd.'I'm a little disappointed because I could have performed better, but I'm very excited with this Olympic moment,' Richardson said. 'The crowd was amazing, and when my score came up I loved how they booed. I thought it was really cool.'Romanian Catalina Ponor easily won the gold medal with a score of 9.75. Her countrywoman Daniela Sofronie won silver with a 9.562. Spain's Patricia Moreno earned the bronze with a 9.487.

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