Ageless Chusovitina, Japanese team stand out in second subdivision
DOHA: Competing in her 16th World Championships, 43-year-old Oksana Chusovitina showed she is as competitive as ever, and the rising Japanese team led in team standings, in the second subdivision of women’s qualifications at Aspire Dome on Saturday.
Chusovitina performed two powerful vaults to rank second on that apparatus thus far in the competition.
“I don’t know why, but I was really worried this time,” said the seven-time Olympian. “I’m glad that I did just what I needed to do.”
Mai Murakami turned in the top all-around score of the subdivision for Japan, which scored 162.180 points.
Republic of Korea’s dynamic Yeo Seojeong topped the vault rankings in the subdivision.
Qualifications continue with four more subdivisions on Saturday and five subdivisions on Sunday.