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‘Even Better Results Are Coming,’ Says Finland’s Soravuo
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As Finland’s Emil Soravuo prepares for this week’s European Championships in Szczecin, Poland, he told IG that finishing fourth on floor exercise behind three world championships floor exercise medalists at last month’s World Cup of Doha has inspired him for even stronger performances ahead.

“I’m really satisfied with my execution in Doha, especially being able to stay composed in the final,” said Soravuo, who turned 22 on March 28. “Fourth place is by far the best achievement I’ve had so far. Third place was only 0.033 points away. Of course it’s a pity that I was so close to third place. Yet I’m still happy.”

In Doha, Soravuo placed one rank below 2018 world floor exercise bronze medalist Carlos Yulo of the Philippines. First was two-time world floor exercise medalist Alexander Shatilov of Israel, and second was 2015 world floor exercise bronze medalist Rayderley Zapata of Spain.

Soravuo, who was sixth on floor exercise at the 2018 World Cup of Cottbus, said he intends to continue applying pressure to the Doha medalists in future competitions. He, Shatilov and Zapata are on the roster for Szczecin.

“My plan to challenge those three gymnasts is to execute my routine even better than in Doha,” said Soravuo, who trains under coaches Dmytro Gorbachov and Mati “Pappa” Kirmes at Espoon Telinetaiturit in Espoo, Finland. “I’m not ready to add more difficulty to my routine just yet, so my plan is to perfect my routine right now.”

Among Soravuo’s other best results, he was seventh on vault at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games and seventh on vault at the 2017 Challenge Cup of Osijek.

“Strong vaulting has always been natural for me since I was a kid,” he said. “The way I always bounced around the training hall starts to pay off. Results of having strong legs have been achieved. And even better results are coming.”

As a senior gymnast, Soravuo has mainly competed internationally on floor exercise and vault. He plans to continue as a two-apparatus specialist to give him a better shot at earning a berth to the Olympic Games.

“For now I’m focusing only on floor exercise and vault,” he said. “I believe I have a better chance of qualifying to the Olympics by competing on those two apparatus. By adding more difficulty to them I think that’s the best way to be able to achieve a spot at the Olympics.”

Should Soravuo continue his ascent, he could match the international success of recent Finnish team standouts Tomi Tuuha and Oskar Kirmes. Tuuha won vault at the 2010 European Championships. Kirmes, a top-40 all-around finisher at the 2016 Olympic Games and three World Championships, has made 11 World Cup or Challenge Cup finals and placed second on floor exercise at the 2015 Challenge Cup of Ljubljana.

“That’s indeed a lot to digest,” said Soravuo of the prospect. “Hopes are high here in Finland as are mine, as well. I don’t think about that too much, just to keep the pressure under wraps. I’m doing my thing like I’ve done so far. I think that’s the major key to success.”

As Soravuo paces his career, he already has at least two Olympic Games in his sights.

"My main goal at the moment is Tokyo 2020,” he told IG. “I’ll do everything to make my way there by living the life of a full-time gymnast. Of course after that I’ll focus on Paris 2024. But for now I’m keeping my eyes on Tokyo 2020.”

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