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Russian Konstantin Pluzhnikov, the new European champion on still rings, said he will need to upgrade his routine in order to compete for gold at this fall's world championships.

Satisfied in winning the rings title at the recent European championships in Berlin, Konstantin Pluzhnikov of Russia said he will need to upgrade his routine in order to compete for gold at this fall's world championships.

"I have performed better, but everything I wanted to perform, I did," Pluzhnikov said. "I have to make my routine more difficult and elevate the quality of my performance for the world championships."

With a score of 15.850, Pluzhnikov won the title over teammate Alexander Balandin (15.775) and Greece's Eleftherios Petrounias (15.675).

Pluzhnikov, who finished fourth on rings at the 2007 Europeans and sixth on rings at the 2009 Europeans, said he has always been confident of his medal prospects — especially in Berlin.

"From childhood I was especially good at rings, and I'm still good at it," he said. "I was practically certain that I would end up with a medal. In this competition, three gymnasts had a higher difficulty score, but I won in execution."

Despite the strength he displayed in Berlin, Pluzhnikov declined refer to himself as superhuman.

"I'm just a normal person," he said.

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