Maloney and Atler Withdraw from Event Finals

Tianjin, China – Kristen Maloney and Vanessa Atler withdrew from their final events at the 1999 World Gymnastics Championships. Both Maloney and Atler were scheduled to compete in the floor exercise finals, with Maloney also competing on the balance beam.

Maloney decided to withdraw after doctors examined her right knee, which was injured during training earlier in the week. Atler has re-aggravated her left ankle this week, and it affected her during the individual all-around. Atler was also first alternate on the balance beam and would have competed after Maloney scratched. She elected to scratch as well, following a training session the morning of the event.
The event finals concluded with Li Xiaopeng (CHN) winning the men’s vault (9.668); Lee Joo Hyung (Korea) won the parallel bars (9.750); Elena Zamolodchikova (RUS) won the balance beam (9.718); and, Andreea Raducan (9.837) won the floor exercise.