Uzbekistan gymnast Oksana Chusovitina, 46, receives emotional standing ovation from her fellow rivals in Tokyo after bowing out of her file EIGHTH consecutive Olympic Video games
Oksana Chusovitina, the 46-year-old gymnast from Uzbekistan, has obtained an emotional standing ovation after bowing out of her file eighth Olympics.
The veteran has competed at each Summer time Olympiad since Barcelona 1992, and has mentioned the Tokyo Video games this summer season might be her final one.
When she exited following Sunday’s qualifying spherical with a mean rating of 14.166 after two vaults, she was hailed loudly by her fellow rivals and coaches, lowering her to tears of pleasure.
Oksana Chusovitina obtained a standing ovation from the group, lowering her to tears of pleasure
She mentioned: ‘It was very nice. I cried tears of happiness as a result of so many individuals have supported me for a very long time.
‘I did not have a look at the outcomes, however I really feel very proud and pleased. I am saying goodbye to sports activities. It is sort of combined emotions.
‘I really feel excellent to be right here. However it will for positive be my final Olympics. I am 46 years previous. Nothing goes to vary it. I am alive, I am pleased, I am right here with none accidents, and I can stand alone.
The Uzbekistan gymnast (pictured), 46, was competing at her file eighth Olympic Video games
‘Once I began gymnastics, I by no means thought concerning the Olympics. I simply began with the game and beloved to do gymnastics. I am very pleased with what I’ve achieved, to be within the sport, and need to thank everybody concerned in it.’
In response to the ovation, she waved, made the ‘OK’ signal and held up a coronary heart together with her palms.
In a protracted, storied, adorned profession, Chusovitina has received one Olympic and three World Championship gold medals, was inducted into the Worldwide Gymnastics Corridor of Fame in 2017 and surpassed numerous expectations.