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Bulgaria's Aleksandrov: 'It's About Trusting My Own Gymnastics'
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A series of flashbacks from the 2018 World Championships in Doha.

Bulgaria’s Yordan Aleksandrov aimed for a consistent all-around performance in Doha, but he believes his potential berth to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games could ride on one apparatus.

“My coaches joke that pommel horse is like the golden ticket to Tokyo,” Aleksandrov said. “It’s the one event on which I definitely need to improve. It’s slowly been getting better, so I think that’s going to be the major event for me.”

The 23-year-old Aleksandrov said recent success on horizontal bar could also benefit him. He placed 15th on that apparatus at the European Championships in Glasgow in August.

“I was only a couple tenths away from the final, which was a pretty big deal for me,” he said. “That helped me with my confidence, seeing that I’m not too far away from the best guys on that event.”

Aleksandrov, who went on to earn his top individual ranking on pommel horse and placed 102nd all-around in qualifications in Doha, said he did not feel any extra burden of responsibility as Bulgaria’s only competitor at Worlds.

“I try not to put too much pressure on myself,” he said. “I just focus on doing my routines in the best way possible, and representing my country in the best way possible, since we have just one person. It’s about staying calm and trusting my own gymnastics.”

IG’s John Crumlish was chief editor/reporter for the organizing committee’s News Service at the 2018 World Gymnastics Championships in Doha.

Read complete coverage of the 2018 World Championships in the December 2018 issue of International Gymnast magazine.

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