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Israel's Shatilov Sets Sights on Worlds
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A month after winning Israel's first senior medal in European Championships history, Alexander Shatilov told IG he will need to tumble at his best for similar results at this fall's world championships.

Alexander Shatilov (Israel)

"I know that, in the world, gymnasts do difficult combinations," said Shatilov, who tied for the bronze medal on floor exercise at the Europeans, held April 2-5 in Milan. "But I am training well, and I think that at the world championships, my coach and I will prepare good combinations."

Leading up to the Worlds that will take place Oct. 12-18 in London, Shatilov plans to compete in at least three major meets: the Glasgow Grand Prix, a World Cup meet May 17-19; the Moscow World Stars, a World Cup meet from May 29-20; and the 18th Maccabiah Games, the world's largest athletic competition for Jewish athletes, July 12-23 in Israel. Shatilov finished second all-around to teammate Eduard Gholub at the 2005 Games.

Shatilov said he was satisfied with his eighth-place all-around finish in Milan, which he achieved despite a mistake on floor exercise, his best event.

"I am pleased with my performance in the all-around in Milan, but unfortunately not everything worked out," said Shatilov, who is coached by Sergei Vaysburg. "I made a mistake on my first event, floor. I fell on my last landing. I am pleased, though, that I didn't perform too badly on parallel bars and high bar."

Shatilov, who placed eighth on floor exercise at the 2008 Olympics, said his all-around finish at Europeans demonstrated his ability to compete strongly on all six events.

"For me the result in Milan wasn't a surprise," he said. "My coach and I worked well in training, and when we went to Milan I was in good form."

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