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Olympic Gold Medalist Vladislava Urazova To Train For The Upcoming World Championships

Russian gymnast Vladislava Urazova, who contributed to her team's first Olympic gold medal since 1992, announced that she will be traini...

Russian gymnast Vladislava Urazova, who contributed to her team's first Olympic gold medal since 1992, announced that she will be training for the upcoming World championships.

"I don’t have any emotions left, I spent everything at the Olympics," Urazova told "I think we won because love reigns on our team and we support each other. And now I need to rest and start working towards results again."

"There will be the World Championships in Japan soon and I’ll be training for that and fight till the end," she adds.

The upcoming World championships will be held in Kitakyushu, Japan from October 18–24, 2021.

The World Championships are traditionally not held in Olympic years, however the postponement of the 2020 Summer Olympics  has caused the 2021 event to fall during the same year.

This will be Urazova's first senior World championship. At the 2019 junior World championships, she won gold on uneven bars, silver in the all around, and bronz on vault.

Urazova joined teammate Angelina Melnikova and qualified to the Olympic all around final, knocking out the reigning European all around champion Viktoria Listunova of the Olympic final.

Only up to two gymnasts per country are allowed to compete in a single final.

Urazova finished in fourth place behind Sunisa Lee of USA (gold medalist), Rebeca Andrade of Brazil (silver medalist), and Angelina Melnikova (bronze medalist).

She qualified to the balance beam finals, where she finished in last place.

Nevertheless, the 16 year old gymnast doesn't believe she did well.

After the all around final, she felt "a bit upset" for finishing off the podium.

"I’m happy that I made it to the Olympics, it was an unforgettable experience for me and it gave me motivation to grow," she said in the interview that was translated by gymnovosti. "For me, to defend the honor of the country is motivation and a lot of pride. We all felt the support of our parents, colleagues, and fans."

"I intend to go to the next Games in Paris and come back with medals. I don’t think I did very well in Tokyo, I made mistakes, but I’m happy I competed alongside strong competitors. There’s something for me to strive for."

Urazova aims at upgrading her routines as well as improving her execution.

Written by Gigi Farid

Photo by Martin Rulsch, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link

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