10/29/2018 9:15:13 PM (GMT+3)

Nagornyy speaks after Russian Federation won silver in MAG Team final

Nagornyy speaks after Russian Federation won silver in MAG Team final

DOHA: Comments from Nikita Nagornyy of the Russian Federation after his team won silver in the final at Aspire Dome on Monday.

On how he felt when, as the last competitor of the final for his team, he dismounted horizontal bar:

“I thought we had won at that moment.” 

On losing team gold to China by 0.049 points:

“We have a lot of motivation. We were very close to winning and I am sure we are going to get over it.”

On his prospects against defending all-around champion Xiao Ruoteng of China in the all-around final on Wednesday:

“He is a very strong gymnast and he was champion last year, but I think I have a lot of qualities to compete with him as an equal.”

On how the Russian Federation team is built around a number of leaders:

“There are two ways of making a team. The first is to make a team based on one leader. The second way is to make a team based on a number of leaders where all the athletes are very strong. In our team the competition is very strong, and by competing with each other we are becoming stronger and stronger. Each athlete in our team is a leader, and can compete individually and as a team.”