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Sanders finished 15th

Updated: August 27, 2004, 6:44 PM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- Mary Sanders is taking her ball and going home.

America's only rhythmic gymnastics representative failed to make it out of qualifying Friday, finishing 15th out of 24 gymnasts. Only the top-10 advanced to Sunday's all-around final.

Defending world champion Alina Kabaeva of Russia was first with 105.875 points. Fellow Russian Irina Tchachina, third at last year's world championships, finished second. Anna Bessonova of Ukraine was third.

"Overall, I'm really happy ...

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