10/29/2018 5:53:10 PM (GMT+3)

43-year-old Chusovitina competes in a field of young gymnasts

43-year-old Chusovitina competes in a field of young gymnasts

DOHA, Qatar: At 43, Uzbekistan’s seven-time Olympian Oksana Chusovitina, who won world titles on floor exercise in 1991 and vault in 2003 followed by an Olympic team gold medal with the Unified Team (1992) shows no signs of slowing down as she prepares for 48th FIG Artistic World Championships here.  

“I want the young girls look at me and get inspired,” Chusovitina told www.khelupdates.com after the podium training here at the Aspire Dome on Tuesday.

The oldest female gymnast still competes and that too in a field of gymnasts who would be her son’s age.

She looked supremely confident and agile as she prepares for the team qualification rounds which starts on Friday.

“I don’t know when I will quit. I really want to make it to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and then we’ll see,” she added.

Oksana first competed for the Soviet Union in the 1980s, before she went to the Barcelona Games for the Confederation of Independent States -- a unified team of former Soviet states -- where she won gold.

During the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, she had switched to Germany after moving there to treat her son Alisha, who was suffering from leukaemia.

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