Gymnastics: Shatilov bronzes

25-year-old records a result of 15.166 points in the final to take the bronze medal.

May 28, 2012 05:55

shatilov 311. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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Israeli gymnast Alex Shatilov won his third career medal at the European Championships on Sunday, finishing the Floor final in Montpellier, France, in third place.

The 25-year-old recorded a result of 15.166 points in the final to take the bronze medal after also finishing third in the event in 2009 and winning a silver last year.

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Greece’s Eleftherios Kosmidis claimed the gold (15.766), while Dzmitry Barkalau of Belarus finished in second (15.300).

Shatilov will be encouraged by the fact that he didn’t even perform to his best ability in the final, recording a result 0.4 lower of the one he did in the qualifiers, yet still taking a medal.

With also two bronze medals to his name from the World Championships in 2009 and 2011, Shatilov looks to be in excellent form ahead of the London Games and has every intention of becoming Israel’s first ever medalist in the gymnastic competitions at the Olympics.

Israel’s Felix Aronovich will also represent Israel at the gymnastics events this summer after finishing 11th overall in the All-Around competition in Montpellier.

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