Alex Shatilov. Israel's next Olympic medalist?
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Shatilov wins bronze in world championship

Israeli gymnast ties for third place in floor exercise with 15.466 points, secures ticket to 2012 London Olympic Games

Israeli gymnast Alexander Shatilov on Saturday claimed a bronze medal in the World Gymnastics Championships held in Tokyo, repeating his 2009 achievement.


Shatilov tied for the third place in the floor exercise with Diego Hypolito of Brazil, scoring 15.466 points. He also set the criteria for the 2012 London Games and will represent Israel in the next Olympics.

אלכס שטילוב מחייך על הפודיום בטוקיו. שבת של נחת (צילום: AP)

Shatilov smiling on the podium (Photo: AP)


Kohei Uchimura of Japan took the gold medal in the floor exercise with 15.633 points. China's Zou Kai came in second with 15.50 points.


The Olympic Committee of Israel is planning a festive reception for Shatilov upon his return, during which he will be awarded a grant of NIS 50,000 (about $13,670). His trainer will receive half the amount.


Shatilov's young age and impressive progress make him one of Israel's most promising athletes in the 2012 Olympic Games.



פרסום ראשון: 10.16.11, 08:43
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