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Germany's Nguyen: 'It's Not The End'
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A series of flashbacks from the 2018 World Championships in Doha.

2012 Olympic all-around silver medalist Marcel Nguyen of Germany was down but not out after a shaky performance in qualifications in Doha.

“This was not the best competition,” said the 31-year-old Nguyen, who went on to finish 20th in the all-around final. “You always have to have a little bit of luck, and today was not my day.”

Nguyen’s qualifications performance included falls on pommel horse and high bar, the latter event on which he missed a Kovacs and peeled off.

“I thought I was too close (to the bar), so I rotated over a little,” he said. “I usually do that if I think it’s too close. But at that moment, I saw the bar was not too close but normal, and it was too late to catch the bar.”

Although Germany’s 10th-place finish kept it out of the team final, Nguyen said he is hopeful for a better showing at the 2019 Worlds that his country will host in Stuttgart.

“It was a difficult competition for us, but I think it was the same for other teams,” he said. “It’s not the end. We are at least in the top 24 so we can go to the next World Championships as a team, so that was the main goal. We have to think about the other things and maybe change our routines a little.”

Despite his less-than-ideal performance in Doha, the optimistic Nguyen said he is motivated for personal betterment as he heads towards his fourth Olympic Games two years hence in Tokyo.

“I still love this sport,” he said. “It’s my passion. I think my team needs me at the moment to qualify for the next Olympics, so that’s what keeps me going. My body is in better condition than it was a few years ago. I’m still having fun doing gymnastics and trying to improve.”

IG’s John Crumlish was chief editor/reporter for the organizing committee’s News Service at the 2018 World Championships in Doha

Read complete coverage of the 2018 World Championships in the December 2018 issue of International Gymnast magazine.

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