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Russian gymnast Aleksandr Balandin has announced his retirement from the sport.

Balandin, whose last competition was the 2014 European championships, suffered from a shoulder injury that required surgery. Since then, he had never regained his former level.

The 28 year old athlete has three skills named after him in the CoP, all of which are rated an E.

Rings is his strongest apparatus, on which he placed fourth at the Olympics, won silver at 2013 Worlds and, gold at 2012 and 2014 Europeans.

He was part of the 2012 Russian Olympic team who finished in sixth place in the team final and 2014 Russian European team who won gold.

He now coaches children at Petrozavodsk, but still unsure about his future.

Written by Gigi Farid



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