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Mexico's Fabian DeLuna Bright On 2020 Olympic Chances
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Mexico’s Fabian DeLuna told IG that, despite his team’s uneven performance at last fall’s World Championships in Doha, he is optimistic he can qualify as an individual for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

“With the improvements and strategies we looked into, I have very good chances to make it to the 2020 Olympics,” he said.

DeLuna said Mexico could have fared better than 42nd in team qualifications in Doha with steadier, cleaner work, as well as a stronger mindset.

“On high bar we were a bit messy, but more than anything, pommel horse wasn't being very friendly that day,” he said. “I think as a team we needed to be better prepared to deal with the nerves. Ending on pommel is already tough, and adding nervousness to the mix was catastrophic.”

DeLuna came close to qualifying for the apparatus finals on rings (12th) and vault (14th) in Doha, and said better execution might have gotten him even closer.

“Getting a little bit more difficulty would've helped, but I think straightening out my knees is key for a better score,” he said.

Until 2015, DeLuna trained in Las Vegas under Belarus’ Vitaly Scherbo, who won six gold medals at the 1992 Olympic Games.

DeLuna, who is now coached by Pablo Moguel in Guadalajara, keeps close ties with his former coach.

“I have a lot of respect for Vitaly,” DeLuna said. “He still helps me out when I go to Vegas to visit my family every year.”

DeLuna said making the switch from U.S. to Mexico was a matter of heritage and pride.

“I decided to represent Mexico because I had already competed for USA for so many years it was time to represent my Mexican side of the family,” said DeLuna, a dual citizen whose father was born in Mexico and whose mother was born in the U.S.

Although DeLuna has earned his best international results on rings and vault, he plans to better his execution scores and boost the difficulty in his all-around program.

“Execution is definitely something that is always going to need some work, so as long as the new skills I'm working on are perfect, I will be adding them to the routine,” he said. “I will be adding a lot of difficulty to my floor routine, and we have found my key skills on pommel horse. Everything else is minor adjustments and consistency.”

DeLuna also explained the variations used for his family name.

“In the U.S. my last name is spelled Deluna, but in Mexico it’s De Luna,” he said. “My way of combining both countries to my name is by joining the two together, so I prefer DeLuna.”

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