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Paris 2024 Olympics: a dream of a record ninth Games for gymnast Oksana Chusovitina

Oksana Chusovitina’s hopes of competing in a record ninth consecutive Summer Olympics have been ended by injury.

The 48-year-old Uzbek gymnast would have equaled the record set by Georgian shooter Nino Salukvadze, the only Olympian to compete in nine consecutive Games.

Canadian equestrian Ian Millar is the only one to have competed in 10 Olympic Games, which he did between 1972-1976 and 1984-2012, winning a silver medal in 2008.

Chusovitina confirmed she suffered the injury while practicing her floor exercises ahead of the Asian Championships in Tashkent.

This event was the last opportunity for Chusovitina to qualify for the 2024 Games in Paris.

“My dear friends, fans and everyone who loves gymnastics, unfortunately I have sad news for you,” Chusovitina wrote on Instagram.

“During training I got injured. I won’t be able to participate and I’m very upset because I’ve been preparing for this competition for a long time.”

Salukvadze hopes to compete in his 10th place in Paris after securing a quota place.

She was 19 when she won gold at the 1988 Seoul Olympics for the Soviet Union, then bronze in 2008 for Georgia.

Chusovitina first participated in the Olympic Games in 1992 and won a gold medal with the unified team of athletes from post-Soviet countries.

She represented Uzbekistan at the next three Games but, after moving to Germany when her son was diagnosed with leukemia, she was granted citizenship and changed allegiance.

In 2008, Chusovitina won her second Olympic medal, a silver on vault while representing Germany.

She returned to Uzbekistan for the 2016 Rio Olympics and qualified for the delayed 2021 Tokyo Games.

News Source : www.bbc.com
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