Ghent, Belgium – Katie Heenan (Burke, Va.) scored 9.212 to win an uneven bars bronze medal, the first individual medal earned by the United States at a World Championships since 1996.
“I am ecstatic,” said Heenan. “This is the highest bars score I’ve received all year. I was thrilled just to qualify for the final. This was my first big international meet and to make it into the top eight, much less top three, on my favorite event is just so exciting. I was coming in here just to do my routine one more time as well as I could. This result is just amazing.”
Russian Svetlana Khorkina continued her winning streak by earning gold medals on both vault and bars. Jordan Jovtchev of Bulgaria won both floor exercise and still rings while Marius Urzica of Romania took the pommel horse gold.
Also competing today for the United States was Stephen McCain (Houston, Texas) who finished fourth on floor exercise, and Ashley Miles and Mohini Bhardwaj, who earned seventh and eighth on vault, respectively.
Event finals finish tomorrow when Tasha Schwikert competes beam and floor, Rachel Tidd competes beam, Tabitha Yim competes floor and Sean Townsend competes parallel bars.