Adem Asil: ‘I’m so happy because my first world medal is gold’

Written by John Crumlish for International Gymnast Online

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Turkish gymnast Adem Asil could not have taken better advantage of, or been more joyful about, his debut in a world championships apparatus final earlier this month.

“I’m so happy because my first world medal is a gold,” said Asil after he won the still rings final at the World Championships in Liverpool on November 5. “I worked very hard and finally, here I am a world champion. I finally made it.”

The 23-year-old Asil, whose only previous worlds final was his 11th-place finish in the all-around final at last year’s Worlds in Kitakyushu, anticipated a high rings score in Liverpool.

“I did my job, and I was expecting something like this,” said Asil, who placed seventh on rings, sixth on vault and 15th all-around at last summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo. “Before these world championships I went to so many competitions and I got a big score always.”

Asil’s pre-Liverpool medal tally on rings in 2022 included gold at the Challenge Cup of Osijek in June, the Challenge Cup of Paris in September and the Challenge Cup of Mersin in October. He earned silver on rings at this summer’s Mediterranean Games in Oran, where he won all-around gold; and silver on rings at this summer’s European Championships in Munich, where he won all-around bronze.

Improving upon his qualifications score by 0.300 points in the Liverpool final, Asil credited his sturdy performance to a relaxed attitude and a secure finish.

“I just tried to do my routine, everything like normal,” he said. “Even before the competition I was talking with my coach and my teammates like we are in training, no problem. I was laughing. I wasn’t serious at all. (I was) just focused on my routine, just the dismount, because it was my only mistake in qualifications.”

Asil said he will upgrade his rings routine by the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, but was savoring his golden moment in Liverpool.

“I can do more difficulty,” he said. “I can see the other gymnasts are so strong, so I will have to improve. But I am just happy with my performance. That’s enough for today.”

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