3/22/2017 7:32:47 AM

Berki back to dazzle in Doha

Berki back to dazzle in Doha

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.” 

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