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Turkey’s Onder: ‘The Hard Work Begins From Now’
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Profiled in the July/August 2019 issue of International Gymnast, Ahmet Onder of Turkey told IG he has shifted his focus to delivering a medal-worthy performance at this fall’s World Championships in Stuttgart.

“For Stuttgart I want to compete for a top place, so I must work hard, as it is not Europeans — it is Worlds,” he said. “Everything will be different. With the team we aim to achieve historic success. If we want this I must do an excellent job there. So the hard work begins from now.”

Onder, who qualified third to the all-around final in Szczecin, Poland, clawed his way up to fifth place after breaking form on pommel horse in the second rotation. He attributes his early error, which dropped his rank on the apparatus to 17th, to expectations he placed on himself heading into the competition.

“I was a little bit stressed before the all-around final because I knew that if I did all of my routines well I could be third, and this would be a historic moment for Turkish gymnastics,” Onder said. “So in the days before, I put pressure on myself. I think I couldn’t handle this so I made a mistake.”

Onder regained his composure and completed the final smoothly, but said he was disappointed to end it without a medal.

Read the complete interview in the July/August issue of International Gymnast. To subscribe to the print and/or digital edition, or to order back issues of International Gymnast magazine, click here.

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