10/27/2018 10:29:58 PM (GMT+3)

Chile's Castro speaks after WAG fifth subdivision qualifications


DOHA: Comments from Simona Castro of Chile after the fifth subdivision of women’s qualifications at Aspire Dome on Saturday.

One her performance and return to the World Championships after a long-term ankle injury.

I feel good. There are a couple of things that still need to improve but it has been a comeback year for me. I was very excited to be back at the World Championships. I spent a year and half out because of an ankle injury and only returned at the beginning of this year. So, I am really pleased with my results today.

Maybe I wanted better scores, but I know I still need to improve. This year I am taking it slow, one thing at a time and enjoying gymnastics again. I am trying to set up short- term goals for now and see what comes ahead.

On what her keeps motivated at age 29, having competed at two Olympic Games.

In 2016 (Rio Games), I was so focused, but I do not think I enjoyed it much as I wanted. I hope to take part in Tokyo 2020, but I am taking it one competition at a time, because at my age you do not recover as fast as you hope. I think it has been more mental. I enjoy taking part in competitions much more than past. I think I can still bring up so much to the Chilean team and I think they still need me at least until the end of the (2020 Olympic) cycle. Hopefully starting with 2024 (Olympic cycle) they will go on their own. I hope to finish at 2020. That’s my goal. I am taking my time and enjoying it.

On the future of gymnastics in Chile.

Gymnastics is much more popular now in Chile. I see so many girls excited to do gymnastics, not just because of me. I think we are still working on getting more elite gymnasts, which is one of the hardest things in our country, because gymnastics doesn’t have the same support as other professional sports. But I am hoping things will improve in the next couple of years. We have gone to two Olympics, which is a great achievement for our country, but we can do much better and improve our gymnastics system.