Olympics: Silver medallist Afanaseva may quit gymnastics

August 8th, 2012 - 6:50 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Aug 8 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russian gymnast Ksenia Afanaseva is considering retirement after winning silver at the London Olympics in the team all-around, she said Wednesday.

Afanaseva, 20, is a two-time world champion with titles in the floor exercise and team events and the only one of the Russian Olympic team retained from their medal-less display at the 2008 Games in Beijing.

“I don’t yet know whether I’ll continue to stay in gymnastics or if I’ll leave,” she said.

“I don’t even know what could influence my decision. Health, probably. But now I need to relax and think about everything.”

Afanaseva said her comparatively low scores of 14.833 on the beam and 14.333 on the floor exercise in the final were partly the result of nerves and poor judging.

“We had a very long break between the final and the qualification, exactly a week. It was hard to train and keep in shape. Moreover, I went first,” she said.

“I made a mistake myself and the judges dropped me still further.”

Afanaseva also took part in Tuesday’s floor final, the last gymnastics event of the Olympics, finishing sixth with 14.566 points as Alexandra Raisman took gold for the US ahead of Romania’s Catalina Ponor and Russia’s Alia Mustafina.

–IANS/RIA Novosti
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