11/2/2018 10:50:53 PM (GMT+3)

Petrounias speaks after winning gold in men's rings final

Petrounias speaks after winning gold in men

DOHA: Comments from Eleftherios Petrounias of Greece after he won gold on rings in the men’s apparatus finals at Aspire Dome on Friday.

On winning his third world rings title, despite shoulder pain and the fact that he is scheduled for shoulder surgery on November 5:

“I’m super excited because this was pretty tough for me, for my shoulder and for everyone around me.”

On how he prepared for the final:

“Since last night I have watched my gold routine from Glasgow (2018 European Championship in August) 20 times and have done this routine in my mind 200 times. So I was ready for that in my mentality, and I think it’s 50 per cent physical and 50 per cent of mentality.”

On whether, although he was the first gymnast to compete, he thought his performance was good enough to win:

“Yes, because my routine was good and the dismount was stuck, But of course the level (of competitors) was pretty high. I saw my score and I wasn’t sure, but I thought it was enough to win.”

On why this win was the toughest of his three Worlds wins):

“It’s my second routine in the last three months.”

On how his performance in the final was different from his gold medal-winning performance at the European Championships in Glasgow in August:

“The only thing different from Glasgow was that I didn’t have the swings (swinging elements) exactly on my brain, and I had to think about it a little bit. So I stayed in some of my strength elements a few more seconds.”

On the large number of Greek fans in the audience and how they inspired him:

“It was amazing. I left (the arena) after floor (exercise) to start warm-up, and when I came back I saw some flags. But when I came back for the (rings) competition it was like full of Greeks. I couldn’t believe it. We have 5,000 Greeks who are working in Doha, and I didn’t expect so many here. When I went to the podium (to compete), my coach said, ‘Do it for them.’ I gave all of my effort and good mentality to make a gold routine.”