Israeli Gymnast Alex Shatilov Wins Bronze at World Championships

Leading Israeli gymnast secures place at London Olympics in 2012 after coming third for his floor exercise in Tokyo to Japan's Kohei Uchimura, who won gold, and China's Zou Kai, who won silver.

Israeli gymnast Alexander Shatilov won a bronze medal at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Tokyo Saturday morning, securing a place at the London Olympics in 2012.

Shatilov, Israel's leading male gymnast, tied third in floor exercise to Diego Hypolito of Brazil, with a score of 15.466.


Japan's Kohei Uchimura, who on Friday night became the first man in history to win three all-around titles, took the floor exercises title with 15.633 points. This was his second gold medal in about 18 hours.

Zou Kai, the Beijing Olympic and 2009 world floor champion, won the silver medal with 15.500 points.

Shatilov, who won Israel's first-ever World Championship medal in 2009, will be Israel's great Olympic hope, when he sets out for London in 2012.