Uzbekistan's Oksana Chusovitina is aiming on competing a difficult vault at the upcoming World championships which will be held next week. 

The FIG wrote an article on their official website about the gymnast aiming to compete the Produnova vault.

"2008 Olympic Vault silver medallist Oksana Chusovitina (UZB) is planning to try to become only the fourth woman to land the incredibly difficult Produnova Vault in international competition, she said following Sunday's training session at the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow (GBR)"

A handspring forward double forward tuck was first landed successfully by Russia's Elena Produnova in 1999. It is considered to be the most difficult vault in women's gymnastics and is rated 7.0 in the difficulty panel.

Only Produnova and India's Dipa Karmakar were able to perform it without a fall at a major international competition, although, the later is not as good as the originator's execution.

Fadwa Mohamed of Egypt and Dominican Yamilet Pena Abreu have attempted this vault several times.

A successfully landed Produnova can secure Chusovitina the gold medal on the event.

When asked about her second vault, Chuso responded with "It's a surprise".

Oksana, who is nine time World medalist on vault, competes Tsukahara and handspring vaults. A one and a half forward twisting layout vault is named after her, however, she will have to replace it with Produnova since gymnasts are not allowed to compete two vaults from the same family at the same competition.

Oksana is the only female gymnast ever to compete in six Olympic Games, and is one of only two female gymnasts to compete at the Olympics under three different national teams: the Unified Team in 1992; Uzbekistan in 1996, 2000 and 2004; and Germany in 2008 and 2012.


By Gigi Farid

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