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Aug. 20, 2003

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Former Ohio State men’s gymnasts Raj Bhavsar and Blaine Wilson helped lead the U.S. Men’s Gymnastics Team to a silver medal at the World Championships Tuesday at Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, Calif. OSU head coach Miles Avery served as an assistant coach for the U.S. squad.

China claimed the title with a score of 171.996, followed by the U.S. (171.121) and Japan (170.708). This marked the fourth team medal overall for the U.S. squad and was the second consecutive silver. The event also serves as a qualifier for the Olympics, with the Top 12 nations earning berths in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

Wilson and Bhavsar both competed on rings in the team final, leading the U.S. to the top score on that event. Wilson posted a 9.737, while Bhavsar recorded a 9.612. Wilson also competed on parallel bars (9.550) and posted the meet-high score of 9.787 on high bar.

Wilson will compete in the individual event finals on both rings and parallel bars. The finals will be held Saturday and Sunday.

In the preliminaries, Wilson finished eighth in the all-around with a score of 56.049. After struggling on his first two events (floor exercise and pommel horse), Wilson finished strong, scoring over 9.50 on his last four events. Bhavsar competed on two events, with a 9.675 on rings and a 9.500 on parallel bars.