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写真 | 2021年 07月 27日 07:09 JST

At 46, gymnast Chusovitina bids farewell, again, after eighth Games

Oksana Chusovitina of Uzbekistan gestures after performing on the vault in qualifications at the Tokyo Olympics, July 25, 2021. Five years before Simone Biles was born, Chusovitina was already an Olympic gold medallist in a sport whose brightest stars often fade early, their bodies battered by years of gruelling training.

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Oksana Chusovitina of Uzbekistan gestures after performing on the vault in qualifications at the Tokyo Olympicmore

Oksana Chusovitina of Uzbekistan gestures after performing on the vault in qualifications at the Tokyo Olympics, July 25, 2021. Five years before Simone Biles was born, Chusovitina was already an Olympic gold medallist in a sport whose brightest stars often fade early, their bodies battered by years of gruelling training. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson
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At 46, the Uzbek gymnast has defied all odds to compete at her eighth Olympic Games in Tokyo but following the opening day of the women's competition, she bid a tearful farewell after failing to make the cut for the vault final.

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At 46, the Uzbek gymnast has defied all odds to compete at her eighth Olympic Games in Tokyo but following themore

At 46, the Uzbek gymnast has defied all odds to compete at her eighth Olympic Games in Tokyo but following the opening day of the women's competition, she bid a tearful farewell after failing to make the cut for the vault final. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
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With ticket-paying fans barred from the arena due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Chusovitina missed out being given a rousing farewell from thousands of cheering fans but she was nevertheless moved by the standing ovation she received on Sunday from the coaches and fellow gymnasts who hailed her extraordinary career.

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With ticket-paying fans barred from the arena due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Chusovitina missed out being givenmore

With ticket-paying fans barred from the arena due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Chusovitina missed out being given a rousing farewell from thousands of cheering fans but she was nevertheless moved by the standing ovation she received on Sunday from the coaches and fellow gymnasts who hailed her extraordinary career. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson
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Oksana Chusovitina of Uzbekistan is embraced by Orabi Bader, physiotherapist for Israel. "These were tears of joy because so many people were supporting me," said Chusovitina, adding that she would have loved to have ended her career in the presence of spectators.

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Oksana Chusovitina of Uzbekistan is embraced by Orabi Bader, physiotherapist for Israel. "These were tears of more

Oksana Chusovitina of Uzbekistan is embraced by Orabi Bader, physiotherapist for Israel. "These were tears of joy because so many people were supporting me," said Chusovitina, adding that she would have loved to have ended her career in the presence of spectators. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson
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Despite the disappointment on missing out on the vault final -- the only apparatus she has been competing on in recent years -- Chusovitina said her lifelong accomplishments outweighed her result in Tokyo. 

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Despite the disappointment on missing out on the vault final -- the only apparatus she has been competing on imore

Despite the disappointment on missing out on the vault final -- the only apparatus she has been competing on in recent years -- Chusovitina said her lifelong accomplishments outweighed her result in Tokyo. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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"I had been preparing for things to end here, but it's impossible to be fully ready for ending your career," she said.

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"I had been preparing for things to end here, but it's impossible to be fully ready for ending your career," smore

"I had been preparing for things to end here, but it's impossible to be fully ready for ending your career," she said. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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Chusovitina become the Soviet all-around champion at 13 and the world champion on floor in 1991. She won gold in the team event at the 1992 Barcelona Games and silver in the vault in Beijing 16 years later when she had temporarily switched her allegiance to Germany.

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Chusovitina become the Soviet all-around champion at 13 and the world champion on floor in 1991. She won gold more

Chusovitina become the Soviet all-around champion at 13 and the world champion on floor in 1991. She won gold in the team event at the 1992 Barcelona Games and silver in the vault in Beijing 16 years later when she had temporarily switched her allegiance to Germany. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
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Chusovitina's career also embodies the political upheaval that rocked the Soviet Union. After competing under the Soviet flag, she went on to represent the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Unified Team, and her native Uzbekistan after the Soviet collapse. She later competed for Germany, where she moved to seek treatment for her son's leukaemia, before returning to compete for Uzbekistan.

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Chusovitina's career also embodies the political upheaval that rocked the Soviet Union. After competing under more

Chusovitina's career also embodies the political upheaval that rocked the Soviet Union. After competing under the Soviet flag, she went on to represent the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Unified Team, and her native Uzbekistan after the Soviet collapse. She later competed for Germany, where she moved to seek treatment for her son's leukaemia, before returning to compete for Uzbekistan. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
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Chusovitina said her longevity had been fuelled by an intense passion for gymnastics. At the 2012 London Olympics she had announced her retirement, only to change her mind just 24 hours later. "There is no secret," said the Uzbek, who had made it into the vault final at the Rio Olympics five years ago. "I just love gymnastics and no one ever forced me to do it. I do it with pleasure."

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Chusovitina said her longevity had been fuelled by an intense passion for gymnastics. At the 2012 London Olympmore

Chusovitina said her longevity had been fuelled by an intense passion for gymnastics. At the 2012 London Olympics she had announced her retirement, only to change her mind just 24 hours later. "There is no secret," said the Uzbek, who had made it into the vault final at the Rio Olympics five years ago. "I just love gymnastics and no one ever forced me to do it. I do it with pleasure." REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson
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Chusovitina's grit and ability to adapt to changing times has awed the gymnastics community and she has often proved that age is no barrier to succeed in the sport.

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Chusovitina's grit and ability to adapt to changing times has awed the gymnastics community and she has often more

Chusovitina's grit and ability to adapt to changing times has awed the gymnastics community and she has often proved that age is no barrier to succeed in the sport. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
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"No words to describe how impressive that is," Aly Raisman, a six-time Olympic medallist, wrote on Twitter ahead of Chusovitina's performance. "Forever an icon."

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"No words to describe how impressive that is," Aly Raisman, a six-time Olympic medallist, wrote on Twitter ahemore

"No words to describe how impressive that is," Aly Raisman, a six-time Olympic medallist, wrote on Twitter ahead of Chusovitina's performance. "Forever an icon." REUTERS/Mike Blake
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Now done with gymnastics, Chusovitina said she was looking forward to devoting more time to her family and opening a sports club in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan.

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Now done with gymnastics, Chusovitina said she was looking forward to devoting more time to her family and opemore

Now done with gymnastics, Chusovitina said she was looking forward to devoting more time to her family and opening a sports club in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson
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Oksana Chusovitina receives a hug before leaving after competition. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Oksana Chusovitina receives a hug before leaving after competition. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Oksana Chusovitina receives a hug before leaving after competition. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
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But for now, she just plans to relax in the sauna and wear a nice dress on Sunday night to celebrate her incredible career. "My time in gymnastics dragged on, now there isn't much time left," she said with a chuckle.

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But for now, she just plans to relax in the sauna and wear a nice dress on Sunday night to celebrate her incremore

But for now, she just plans to relax in the sauna and wear a nice dress on Sunday night to celebrate her incredible career. "My time in gymnastics dragged on, now there isn't much time left," she said with a chuckle. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson
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Oksana Chusovitina of Uzbekistan prepares to perform on the vault. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson

Oksana Chusovitina of Uzbekistan prepares to perform on the vault. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson

Oksana Chusovitina of Uzbekistan prepares to perform on the vault. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson
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