Alexander 'Alex' Shatilov (Russian: Александр Шатилов, Hebrew: אלכסנדר "אלכס" שטילוב‎) (born March 22, 1987) is an Israeli artistic gymnast. He specializes in the floor exercise, in which he won several medals at world and European championships, and reached the final at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics. In 2013, Shatilov won a gold medal at the European championship in gymnastics in Moscow, Russia.[2]

Biography

Alexander Shatilov was born in Uzbekistan. He began his gymnastics training in Uzbekistan at the age of 5. He immigrated to Israel in 2002. He is unusually tall for a gymnast, at 183 cm or 6 ft.

Athletic career

Shatilov placed seventh at the 2006 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships and became the first Israeli gymnast in a world apparatus final. He placed fifth on floor exercise at the 2007 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. He also won a gold medal in the Glasgow World Cup in 2008.

Shatilov represented Israel at the 2008 Summer Olympics. In the qualifying stage, he placed 8th on the floor apparatus and qualified to the final. He also placed 29th overall, and just missed the cut for the all-around final.

In the floor final he failed to improve his ranking and placed last of the eight finalists, which was still the best ever achievement in artistic gymnastics for an Israeli gymnast.

Shatilov at Wingate Institute

He won bronze medals in the floor exercise at the 2009 European Artistic Gymnastics Championships and the 2009 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, and became the first Israeli to win a medal at both events.[3]

He won four gold medals and two silver medals at the 2009 Maccabiah Games in gymnastics.[4]

He suffered a serious knee injury in spring 2010 and missed the European championships, but recovered in time to place fourth at the 2010 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships.

In 2011, he won the silver medal in the floor exercise at the European Artistic Gymnastics Championships.[5] At the 2011 World Championships he won the bronze medal in the floor exercise, and also finished 13th in the all-around final.

His achievement qualified him to compete for Israel at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Shatilov tied for fourth on floor and placed 12th overall, qualifying for the finals in both events. In the men's floor final, Shatilov earned 15.333, and tied with the American Jacob Dalton, but was placed beneath him because Dalton's execution points were higher. In the end, Shatilov placed sixth out of eight athletes.[6]

In April 2013, Shatilov won a gold medal at the European championship in gymnastics in Moscow, Russia. He received a 15.333 score and shared first place with the British gymnast Max Whitlock. Shatilov is the first Israeli gymnast to win the European championship.[2]

Shatilov was awarded the title of Athlete of the Year in Israel in 2009[7] and 2013.[8]

References

  1. ^ "Александр Шатилов не доволен бронзой и надеется на золото" (in Russian). May 29, 2012. Retrieved January 5, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Israeli wins gold in European gymnastics championship". ynet. 
  3. ^ Shvidler, Eli (August 3, 2011). "Gymnastics world championships: Alexander Shatilov wins Israel's first-ever medal". Haaretz. Retrieved November 14, 2011. 
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  5. ^ Dann, Uzi (August 3, 2011). "Higher and higher". Haaretz. Retrieved November 14, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Gymnastics Artistic Results – London – Olympic Medals". london2012.com. 
  7. ^ John Crumlish. (9 February 2010). "Shatilov Inspired by 'Athlete of the Year' Award". International Gymnast. Retrieved 2013-12-29. 
  8. ^ "Alex Shatilov and Yarden Gerbi crowned as Athletes of the Year" (in Hebrew). Walla.co.il. December 29, 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-29. 

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