(photo credit: REUTERS)
Alex Shatilov cemented his place as one of Israel’s best medal hopes at next
summer’s London Olympics on Saturday, claiming a bronze medal in the Floor final
at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Tokyo.
Israeli won his second World Championships medal in three years after also
taking a bronze in the Floor final in 2009, recording on Saturday a score of
15.466, which also secured his place at the 2012 Olympics.
also won a silver medal at the European Championships earlier this year, missed
much of 2010 through a serious knee injury, but is now clearly back to his very
best and is confident of scaling the podium once more in London next
“I’m delighted with this achievement,” said Shatilov, who ended
Friday’s All- Around final in 13th place with an overall score of
“I had a flawless exercise and as I was the last to compete I
knew the score I had to record to take a medal. I knew that if I get it right I
will win a medal and set the criteria for London. I can now relax because my
place at the Olympics is secure and I have no doubt that I am well capable of
taking a medal in London. I will do whatever it takes so that it will be a
Kohei Uchimura of Japan took the gold on Saturday with a
score of 15.633, with China’s Zou Kai winning the silver with 15.500 and Diego
Hypolito of Brazil also claiming a bronze with an identical score to Shatilov.
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