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Shatilov Satisfied With Latest Europeans Medal
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Israel's Alexander Shatilov told IG he was not disappointed with his bronze medal on floor exercise at last month's European Championships in Cluj.

Israel's Alexander Shatilov told IG he was pleased, not disappointed, with his bronze medal-winning performance in the closely contested floor exercise final at last month's European Championships in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

"I'm very happy with my floor and being a medalist," said Shatilov after the floor exercise final in Cluj, where his score of 14.400 points placed him third behind gold medalist Marian Drăgulescu of Romania (14.500) and silver medalist Dmitry Lankin of Russia (14.466). "I think it was a great final. Marian is a good specialist on this apparatus. If I was going to be second or third after him, it's OK."

Shatilov said he did not feel stress in trying to recapture the floor exercise title he won at the 2013 Europeans in Moscow, and then finishing third at the 2014 Europeans in Sofia and third (tie) at the 2016 Europeans in Bern.

"The pressure was only on Marian because he's competing at home," Shatilov said. "I don't think it's easy to compete at home."

Shatilov said his results in Cluj indicate improvements he might need to make in time for this fall's world championships in Montreal.

"I did a strong routine, but my start value (6.0) was just a bit low," he told IG. "So I must work to improve my routine, and maybe add some difficulty at the world championships."

Read on-scene coverage of the 2017 European Championships in the May 2017 issue of International Gymnast magazine, and behind-the-scenes profiles in upcoming issues. To subscribe to the print and/or digital editions, click here.

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