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Not only win, but I also need big score, says Petrounias

24 June, 2021

DOHA (Qatar): 2016 Olympic champion Eleftherios Petrounias is on track to book Olympic berth after he qualified for the men’s rings final on Wednesday. 

The 30-year-old scored 15.133 points on the rings at the 13th FIG Artistic Individual Apparatus World Cup, the eighth and final stop on the 2018-2021 FIG Apparatus World Cup series. 

“I have to not only win, I also need a specific score,” said Petrounias on his social media post. 

He needs to win the final with a score above 15,333 to take the lead in the World Cup rankings and qualify for the Tokyo Games.  

The Greek, who secured his fifth European Artistic Gymnastics Championships rings title in April, was followed by Ibrahim Colak (Turkey), Arthur Zanetti (Brazil), Igor Radivilov (Ukraine), Caio Souza (Brazil), Mahdi Ahmad Kohani (Iran), Ali Zahran (Egypt) and Ahmet Onder of Turkey.    

Brazil’s Arthur Zanetti, who competed for the first time since March 2020, also made the cut . The Olympic champion took 14,666 on the rings and had the third best score of the day in the competition.
In addition to Zanetti, compatriot Caio Souza also managed to advance to the final with a score of 14,600. The gymnast has been doing good performances on the apparatus and was even Pan-American champion at the beginning of the month and was fifth at the qualifiers.

Kazakhstan’s Kurbanov shines on pommel horse

Kazakhstan’s 23-year-old Nariman Kurbanov topped the Pommel Horse qualifiers list followed by Marios Georgio (CYP), Iran’s Saeedreza Keikha, Kohei Kamayema (JPN), Abu Ahmad Al Soud (JOR), Matvei Petrov (ALB), Ferhat Arican (TUR) and Karimi.

Kurbanov competed at the FIG World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in 2017, 2018 and 2019. 

The two-day qualifiers got underway with the final rounds scheduled on June 25 and June 26 (Friday & Saturday).

On the first day, the women’s (WAG) vault and uneven bars and men’s (MAG) Floor, Pommel Horse, Rings were held.   

The competition is being held without the fans due to the Covid-19 restrictions.