POMMEL horse expert and 2012 Olympic champion Krisztian Berki is expected to be back in Doha after the 2013 edition when he won a gold medal.
Berki, who struggled with injury and missed qualification for the Rio Olympics last year, made a successful return at the World Cup’s first leg in Melbourne, Australia, last month.
Azerbaijan’s Baku (April 27-30) and Germany’s Cottbus (November 23-26) will host the other legs.
The 31-year-old, who was twice adjudged ‘Sportsman of the Year’ in Hungary, scored 14.933 in the final to claim gold.
“Every gold medal is important for me. I want to win the title in Doha. It’s one of my favoutire destinations,” said Berki, whose popularity rose to a new level following his triumph at the London Games, where he pipped Great Britain’s Louis on a higher execution score after both recorded16.066.
After the competition, FIG named a difficulty level ‘E’ in pommel horse after him.
Asked why he chose pommel horse, he said, “Landing off on other apparatus became difficult after I had suffered an ankle injury and I had to opt for pommel horse.”