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July 13, 2003

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Former Ohio State men’s gymnasts Raj Bhavsar and Blaine Wilson have been named to the USA Gymnastics 2003 World Championships Team, the organization announced Sunday. The Buckeye duo was chosen following their performance at a selection camp in Columbus, Ohio. The world championships will be held Aug. 16-24 at Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, Calif.

The world championships will award individual event medals as well as team titles in both men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics. The event serves as the only route for athletes and countries to qualify for the 2004 Olympic Games. Kevin Mazeika of Houston Gymnastics Academy will serve as the coach for the U.S. at the 2003 World Championships.

Bhavsar, who finished his OSU career in 2003, will be making his second appearance for the United States at the world championships, as he was a member of the squad that won the silver medal at the 2001 World Championships. He is the reigning U.S. vault champion. Wilson, a Buckeye from 1994-97, has been a member of four worlds teams. He placed fourth in the all-around at the event in 1999.

At the selection camp, six gymnasts competed for four spots on the world championships team, while another two, Paul Hamm and Jason Gatson, already had qualified for the team by finishing in the Top 2 at the national championships in June. Morgan Hamm and Brett McClure also were added to the worlds team after the selection camp. The alternates are Alexander Artemev and Guard Young.

The 2003 World Championships will be televised nationally on NBC Aug. 23 from 2-4 p.m. EST and Aug. 24 from 2-4 and 7-8 p.m. EST.