'Lord of the Rings' Petrounias completes hat-trick of titles
DOHA: Greece’s Eleftherios Petrounias showed he is still the ‘Lord of the Rings’ when he defended the title in the men’s final at the 48th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships here at the Aspire Dome on Friday.
Petrounias, who outmuscled the field in qualifications to qualify first to the final, despite looming shoulder surgery on November 5, scored 15.366 points for the gold ahead of Brazil’s Arthur Zanetti (15.100) and Italy’s Marco Lodadio (14.900).
The 2016 Olympic rings champion performed only his second full routine in recent months in the final.
After qualifications he had said that, despite the shoulder pain that is “sharp, like a knife,” he was comfortable enough for the challenge.
And, he lived up to his reputation for his hat-trick of titles.