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Komova: 'I Will Fight for the Top Step of the Pedestal'
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Russia's Viktoria Komova told IG that her performances at the recent world championships in Glasgow will help her better prepare for next summer's Olympic Games.

Russia's Viktoria Komova told IG that her performances at the recent world championships in Glasgow, which included a share of gold on uneven bars, enabled her to study her rivals and better prepare for next summer's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

"The key to victory was probably the same as for everyone - a lot of work," said Komova, who shared the title on uneven bars with teammate Daria Spiridonova, Madison Kocian of the U.S. and Fan Yilin of China. "I really wanted to compete at these championships and perform successfully, because this was the last world championships before the Olympic Games. For me it was necessary to psychologically test myself, assess the competitors, see their programs, draw certain conclusions and set tasks for myself for training towards the Olympics."

Komova, the 2012 Olympic all-around silver medalist, said she is eager to earn gold of her own in Rio, after sharing the top spot on the medal podium in a historic four-way tie in Glasgow.

"Four gymnasts on the pedestal is not probable, and most likely will not happen anymore," she said. "I don't know what will happen in Rio, because the Olympic Games aren't predictable. But if I make it to the final, I will fight for the top step of the pedestal."

Komova, who also placed fourth on balance beam and competed on vault in Glasgow, said she hopes to contend for an all-around medal at next summer's Games. She did not compete on floor exercise in Glasgow.

"For Rio I will try to prepare not only for individual apparatuses, but also prepare such a program for the all-around so as to fight for medals of the highest merit!" she told IG.

Read IG's in-depth coverage of the 2015 world championships in the December 2015 issue of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe to the print and/or digital editions, click here.

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