Israel's Alex Shatilov Wins Bronze in International Gymnasts' Meet

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Israeli Alexander Shantilov, second right, who won the bronze medal of floor during the men's artistic gymnastics final of the European Men's Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Sofia.Credit: AFP

Israeli gymnast Alex Shatilov won the bronze medal in floor exercise in the final on Sunday of the 31st European Men’s Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. His score was 15.4. Denis Abliazin of Russia won the gold with 15.7, while Eleftherious Kosmidis of Greece garnered the silver medal with 15.53.

Shatilov’s newest medal takes its place alongside the two bronzes he won in the 2009 and 2011 world championships and the four medals from the European championships – including one silver and one gold – which he won in 2013. In the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, he was ranked eighth in floor; four years later in London he was ranked sixth.

“Every medal is exciting,” said Shatilov, who competes in one of the most important Olympic events. “I came prepared, and I knew that if I performed the exercise properly, I would have a chance at a medal. The competition was very tough. All the gymnasts did excellent routines, almost without mistakes, and it was tough to win.”

He added, “I haven’t seen finals as strong and good as these in a long time. Today I understand that I couldn’t have come in first because Abliazin was wild, but I will keep on working and going up in the level of difficulty. I can do it; I just need to work on various elements. This was a hard year because I was injured for a long time. I did what I could here, and I’m glad I won a medal with a fairly difficult routine.”

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