Verniaiev speaks to the media after MAG fifth subdivision qualifications
DOHA: Ukraine’s Oleg Verniaiev spoke the media after the fifth subdivision of men’s qualifications at Aspire Dome on Thursday.
On what caused his mistake on pommel horse in the fourth rotation.
After floor exercise (in the third rotation) I had no power to continue but I hoped for the best. I thought I would die.
On how he managed to continue after pommel horse.
On rings, it was the most important thing to start, and then I continued. On vault, it was the last of my powers.
On how he decided to compete in Doha following shoulder surgery in January and only three months of training.
I didn’t think I would compete here. But my coach told me that if I don’t come back this year, then I won’t come back at all. That’s maybe why I didn’t have enough time to prepare, but today I tried to do my best.
On whether the serious-sounding comeback mandate from his coach was intended to be a joke.
My coach never jokes. If he said so then I had to listen.
On how satisfied he was with his performance.
50-50. I’m partly satisfied but of course there were problems.
On Ukraine’s chances to advance to the team final.
We still have to wait until tomorrow (remaining five subdivisions), but I don’t think we will get into the top eight teams, unfortunately.
On how he physically felt after his performance.
I’m really, really, really tired.