10/24/2018 6:33:05 PM (GMT+3)

All-around success rides on pommel horse, says Aleksandrov

All-around success rides on pommel horse, says Aleksandrov

DOHA: Bulgaria’s Yordan Aleksandrov is aiming for a consistent all-around performance at the 48th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships that will begin Thursday at Aspire Dome, but he believes his potential berth to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games could ride on one apparatus.

“My coaches joke that pommel horse is like the golden ticket to Tokyo,” Aleksandrov told www.worldgymdoha18.com after podium training at Aspire Dome on Wednesday. “It’s the one event on which I definitely need to improve. It’s slowly been getting better, so I think that’s going to be the major event for me.”

Along with a steady routine on pommel horse, the 23-year-old will rely on his recent success on horizontal bar to boost his all-around score.

The Bulgarian placed 15th on horizontal bar at this summer’s European Championships in Glasgow, Scotland.

“I was only a couple tenths away from the final, which was a pretty big deal for me,” he said. “That helped me with my confidence, seeing that I’m not too far away from the best guys on that event.”

Aleksandrov said he does not feel any extra burden of responsibility as Bulgaria’s only competitor in the competition.

“I try not to put too much pressure on myself,” he said. “I just focus on doing my routines in the best way possible, and representing my country in the best way possible, since we have just one person. It’s about staying calm and trusting my own gymnastics.”