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Israeli artistic gymnast Andrey Medvedev wins bronze at World Championships

At 31, he is the oldest contestant in his category at Japan competition: ‘For so many years I have been waiting to achieve this prestigious medal’

Israel's Andrey Medvedev competes in the vault event at the men's apparatus finals during the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships at the Kitakyushu City Gymnasium in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka prefecture, on October 24, 2021. (Philip Fong/AFP)
Israel's Andrey Medvedev competes in the vault event at the men's apparatus finals during the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships at the Kitakyushu City Gymnasium in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka prefecture, on October 24, 2021. (Philip Fong/AFP)

Israeli artistic gymnast Andrey Medvedev won bronze at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Kitakyushu, Japan, on Sunday.

Medvedev, 31, obtained an average score of 14.649 during the vault event at the men’s apparatus finals, placing him third in the prestigious international competition.

He got 14.533 points in the first jump and 14.766 in the second.

Coming in the first place was Philippines’ Carlos Yulo with a score of 14.916, and second was Japan’s Hidenobu Yonekura with 14.866.

“I still have not digested what happened. I’m up in the clouds,” Medvedev told Channel 12 news. “For so many years I have been waiting to achieve this prestigious medal at the World Championships.”

“I’m 31 — it took me a long time to get this medal and it makes this achievement even sweeter. I am happy that I was able to cope with the pressure in the biggest arena in the world, even though I did come [to the contest] in my best condition,” he added.

Medvedev is the oldest contender in his category at the 2021 championships.

He has now won six medals in international competition, including two golds.

The Israel Gymnastics Federation said it was “happy and proud of the excellent achievements of the gymnasts and coaches of the delegation at the World Championships.”

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