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After Surgery, Fokin Focuses on Olympic Hope
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Recovering from surgery, Olympic bronze medalist Anton Fokin (Uzbekistan) is still hopeful to compete at this summer's Olympics.

Recovering from surgery after injuring himself at the Olympic test event last month, 2008 Olympic medalist Anton Fokin (Uzbekistan) told IG he is still hopeful to compete at this summer's Olympic Games in London.

Fokin became the first gymnast from independent Uzbekistan to win an Olympic medal when he earned the bronze medal on parallel bars at the 2008 Games in Beijing.

At the test event in London last month, Fokin tore a ligament in his left knee during his routine on floor exercise, his final apparatus.

Most gymnasts and teams were awarded berths to the London Olympics based on their performances at last fall's world championships in Tokyo and the test event.

Fokin and other gymnasts who did not qualify must hope for one of the few wild card spots to be determined by the FIG Executive Committee and the Tripartite Commission.

"I already had an operation and have recovered," Fokin told IG this week. "I will try to get a wild card (berth for London), and I will do everything necessary to do this."

Read "Swing Shift," a profile on Fokin, in the January/February 2012 issue of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe or order back issues, click here.

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