10/23/2018 6:17:35 PM (GMT+3)

Germany’s Scheder hopes team final is within grasp

Germany’s Scheder hopes team final is within grasp

DOHA: A recent finger injury may keep Germany’s Sophie Scheder from grasping for individual glory at the 48th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships that will start on Thursday at Aspire Dome, but she intends to contribute a serviceable, precise performance for the greater good.

The 21-year-old, who won the bronze medal on uneven bars at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, broke her left ring finger while training on that apparatus in July.

As a consequence of Scheder’s injury, her routine here may not be packed with its customary risk, but she hopes it will produce a score high enough to help Germany advance to the team final.

“The most important thing for me is to be back and do a really good, safe routine,” Scheder told www.worldgymdoha18.com after Tuesday’s podium training. “I know it’s not the highest Difficulty score for me right now, but it’s very important to have a good routine for the team.”

The German squad has already learned from the mistakes it made at the European Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, in August, she said.

Scheder’s injury kept her out of that competition, where falls on balance beam dropped Germany to 10th place.

“We’ve worked a lot on our stability over the weeks since Glasgow, and on the things that were our weakness, to improve them,” Scheder said.