Shatilov will soldier on

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY SI­MON GRIVER

GYM­NAS­TICS ALEX Shatilov won the bronze medal in the Euro­pean Gym­nas­tics Cham­pi­onships floor ex­er­cise in Ro­ma­nia.

Shatilov, 30, fin­ished with a re­spectable 14,400-point haul but he was al­most ousted from the medal spot by 19-year-old Is­raeli star Artem Dol­go­pyat who fin­ished fourth with 14,333 points.

This was Shatilov’s sev­enth medal in Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships since 2009, in­clud­ing a gold in Moscow. He pro­duced a much-im­proved dis­play after dis­ap­point­ing at the Rio Olympics where he failed to reach the fi­nal.

Shatilov com­mented: “I am glad I did not re­tire. I would have re­ally missed mo­ments like this. The medal has re­stored my ap­petite to con­tinue in the sport.”

Shatilov is now fo­cus­ing on Septem­ber’s World Gym­nas­tics Cham­pi­onships in Mon­treal.

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