Gymnastics: Shatilov starts fast in Tokyo

Shatilov progressed to the floor final from third place overall with a score of 15.500 points and will be hoping to add to his bronze medal.

October 11, 2011 02:29
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Alex Shatilov got the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Tokyo off to a promising start on Monday, advancing to the finals of the All-Around and Floor competitions.

Shatilov progressed to the floor final from third place overall with a score of 15.500 points and will be hoping to add to the bronze medal he took at the championships two years ago when he takes part in Saturday’s final.

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The 24-year-old qualified for Friday’s All- Around final from 22nd position overall, recording a total score of 86.732 despite disappointing showings in the Rings and Pommel horse exercises.

“I’m encouraged by the fact that I reached the final despite a bad performance in the Rings and Pommel horse.

“I have no doubt that I’ll record a better result in the final,” said Shatilov, who set the Israeli criteria for next summer’s London Olympics with Monday’s results, but will need to win a medal on Saturday if he’s to meet the IOC’s criteria before January’s Gymnastics Test Event in London.

“I came to Japan to win a medal and set the IOC’s criteria, and I took the first step today,” Shatilov said.

“I have so far achieved what I expected of myself, but it is going to be a tough final.”

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