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Monday, April 22, 2013

Israeli gymnast Alex Shatilov wins gold at European Championship

Alex Shatilov

Shatilov tied for first place in the floor exercise competition receiving 15.333 points in the competition taking place in Moscow.

Israeli gymnast Alex Shatilov, 25, won the gold medal for floor exercise at the European Championship in Moscow.
Shatilov gave a tremendous performance in his exercise, rated with a difficulty level of 6.4, and was awarded an impressive 15.333 points, finishing in first place, paired with another athlete who received the same number of points, in a final consisting of 8 participants.
In the past Shatilov won two bronze medals (2009 and 2011) and one silver medal (2011) at the European championships, and this is the currently the crowning achievement of his career. The Israeli gymnast, who finished in sixth place in the last Olympic Games, is considered one of Israel’s best hopes for the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio in 2016.
On Sunday, Shatilov will also compete in the horizontal bar event. Immediately after, Ophir Netzer, a 17-year-old Israeli girl will compete in the vault event. This will be her fourth ever international competition.