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Yerimbetov Yearns for Full Fall Comeback
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Yernar Yerimbetov (Kazakhstan)

Sidelined in 2007 by a shoulder injury, Kazakhstan's top gymnast Yernar Yerimbetov is aiming for a complete comeback this fall.

"Now I have one goal — to recover 100 percent," the 28 year old said this week in an interview with a Kazakh paper.

Fourth all-around at the 2003 Worlds, Yerimbetov has won 15 World Cup medals. At the 2004 Olympics, he finished 14th all-around and eighth on parallel bars.

Yerimbetov missed the 2007 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, the qualification for the 2008 Olympic Games, with the shoulder injury. He said he was confident he would have been able to qualify for his second Olympics.

"I would have be able to win a license, without any problems," he said. "But at the last moment, an old injury returned. We found a tear and it was followed by serious complications. There was no talk about my trip to Germany."

No artistic gymnasts from Kazakhstan competed in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Yerimbetov hopes to rectify that London in 2012.

"In 2012, I will be 32 years old," he said. "For gymnastics this is not the limit. At the Olympics in Athens, I met a gymnast who was 34, and he was in very good form. Anyway, I will be working very hard to be in perfect shape in four years. One of my main tasks is to regain the trust of Kazakhstan."

Currently Yerimbetov has set his immediate sites on the 4th Asian Gymnastics Championships, to be held Nov. 15-18 in Doha, Qatar. He won the gold medal on floor exercise and high bar at the 2003 Asian Championships.

"All thoughts and hopes only for the Asian Championships," Yerimbetov said.

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