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"We Can Do It," Says Turkey's Colak On Tokyo 2020
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The Turkish men’s fifth-place finish in qualifications at the European Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, on Thursday may have surprised some rivals and fans, but team veteran Ibrahim Colak told IG that Turkey is on track for making it as a team to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

“We are good individual gymnasts, but we want team success,” said Colak, who won the gold on rings and the 2018 Mersin Challenge Cup in Mersin, Turkey, July 6-8. “We want to go to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with a team. This is so hard, we know, but not impossible. We are the Turkish team and we can do it.”

Russia, Great Britain, Germany and Switzerland finished first through fourth, respectively, in qualifications in Glasgow. The top eight teams advanced to Saturday’s team final.

Following fifth-place Turkey, the other qualifiers for the team final are France, Spain and Italy.

Thursday’s qualifications also served to advance individual gymnasts to Sunday’s apparatus finals.

International Gymnast magazine’s coverage of male gymnasts who are competing at the 2018 European championships in Glasgow includes:

Russia’s David Belyavsky on cover collage (September 2017)

"European Ruler" - interview with Belyavsky (July/August 2013)

“Genuine Germans” - profile on Germany’s Nils Dunkel (June 2017)

“They’re Just Normal People” - short profile on Great Britain’s Joe Fraser (June 2017)

“There are No Limits” - profile on Cyprus’s Marios Georgiou (June 2017)

“I Can’t Ask for Much More” - profile on Great Britain’s James Hall (June 2017)

“Rok, Solid” - profile on Slovenia’s Rok Klavora (November 2009)

"Serious Contender" - profile on Russia’s Nikolai Kuksenkov (March 2011)

“Lifting Lithuania” - profile on Lithuania’s Tomas Kuzmickas (January/February 2018)

"Crossing the Border" - interview with Belarus’s Andrey Likhovitsky (December 2013)

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