(photo credit: REUTERS)
Alex Shatilov claimed his second career medal at the European Artistic
Gymnastics Championships on Saturday, taking the silver in the floor exercise
final in Berlin.
The 24-year-old won Israel’s first-ever medal at the
Europeans two years ago, taking the bronze in the floor final, and also claimed
the country’s first medal at the World Championships, coming third in
A serious knee injury saw Shatilov miss last year’s Europeans, but
he proved Saturday that he is back to top form and will be one of Israel’s best
medal hopes in next year’s Olympic Games in London.
“This is my best
finish in the Europeans,” said Shatilov, who recorded a result of 15.400, second
only to the 15.500 achieved by Romania’s gold medal winner Flavius
“I’m making constant progress and this medal gives me a lot of
confidence. My next target is the World Championships in October in Tokyo and of
course my main goal is the Olympics where I am aiming for the gold.”
other Olympics news, Sergy Rikhter became the first Israeli to officially book
his place at the London Games after finishing the 10-meter Air Rifle World Cup
competition in Changwon, South Korea in second place on Saturday.