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Yesterday, Russia's Maria Paseka has successfully defended her World title on vault.

Thanks to having two of the most difficult vaults, Paseka managed to beat all of her competitors.

The Russian gymnast revealed that she thought she would not win gold after landing her first vault, the Cheng, too low. 

"I could’ve done the first vault better," Paseka told "But I had too much adrenaline and ran a bit harder than needed. And when I was landing, I felt that the mat was too close to my face. I thought that the landing was low which lowers the score."

Her second vault, the Amanar, was well performed. Paseka and Canada's Shallon Olsen had the highest difficulty in the competition. Nevertheless, Olsen suffered a fall on her Amanar and finished in seventh place.

Her gold medal win comes after a series of disappointments this year. At the European championships, she fell short of the podium, finishing fourth on vault while at the Universiade Games she settled for a bronze after falling on her Amanar.

Her performances resulted in Russian head coach Valentina Rodionenko expressing her disappointment towards the gymnast in the media.

The double World champion told Gymcastic that her long break after the Olympics made her nervous and scared but she did not need to as she performed 'very well'.

Paseka declared that she is not retiring and that her goal is to win an Olympic gold.

“All in all, I really want an Olympic gold on vault. And then, whatever God gives me”.

The 22 year old gymnast won bronze on the event At 2012 London Olympic Games, she was upgraded to a silver medal at the Rio Olympic Games.

Written by Gigi Farid



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