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Russia's most successful artistic gymnast Svetlana Khorkina was among those who attended the 47th World championships which was held last month in Montreal, Canada.

The Russian gymnasts won six medals; Maria Paseka won gold on vault, Elena Eremina won bronze in the all around and silver on the uneven bars, David Belyavskiy won silver on pommel horse and bronze on parallel bars, while Denis Ablyazin won silver on rings.

In an interview with, Khorkina called the results 'satisfactory'. She said that she was pleased with the performance of her male compatriots in the all around.

David Belyavskiy had the lead going in the last rotation but a fall on the high bar dropped him to fourth place. Had he not fallen, He would have become the first Russian gymnast to win a World all around title since Nikolai Kryukov in 1999.

Khorkina said that he has shown improvement since the Rio Olympics and his mistake in Montreal's all around final was just an accident.

The two time Olympic gold medalist was delighted by Eremina's performance in the competition as she showed that she can fight for medals. Eremina suffered an uncharacteristic mistake on the uneven bars in the second rotation, however she delivered a good performance in the last two rotations that secured her the bronze medal. 

She was also impressed with the young gymnast's ability to speak English which she believes gives her bonus beside being a talented athlete.

On her thoughts on the American gymnasts, she congratulated Morgan Hurd on winning the gold medal in the all around. Nevertheless, she think she got a bit lucky.

She also said that the Russian gymnasts need to train so they wouldn't give the chance to Morgan to repeat her success at future competitions. 

The retired gymnast said that she sat in the VIP area in Montreal but that did not stand in her fans way. She was very happy to have been approached by her idol Romania's Daniela Sillivas, who won three Olympic gold medals in 1988. Silivas got her autographs for her kids.

Written by Gigi Farid



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