Uzbek gymnast Oksana Chusovitina, 46, receives an emotional standing ovation from her fellow competitors in Tokyo after breaking her record EIGHTH consecutive Olympics
Oksana Chusovitina, the 46-year-old gymnast from Uzbekistan, has received an emotional standing ovation after she bowed out of her record eighth Olympic Games.
The veteran has competed in every Summer Olympics since Barcelona 1992 and has said the Tokyo Games will be her last this summer.
As she exited Sunday’s qualifying round with an average score of 14,166 after two jumps, she was cheered loudly by her fellow competitors and coaches, bringing her to tears of joy.
Oksana Chusovitina received a standing ovation from the audience, causing her to shed tears of joy reducing
She said, ‘It was really fun. I cried tears of happiness because so many people have supported me for a long time.
“I haven’t looked at the results, but I feel very proud and happy. I say goodbye to sports. It’s some mixed feelings.
‘I feel very good to be here. But this will definitely be my last Olympics. I am 46 years old. Nothing will change it. I’m alive, I’m happy, I’m here without injuries and I can stand alone.
The 46-year-old gymnast from Uzbekistan (pictured) participated in her record at the eighth Olympic Games
“When I started gymnastics, I never thought about the Olympics. I just started the sport and loved gymnastics. I am very proud of what I have achieved to be in the sport and would like to thank everyone involved.”
In response to the ovation, she waved, made the “OK” sign and held out a heart with her hands.
In a long, storied career, Chusovitina has won one Olympic medal and three World Championship golds, was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 2017 and surpassed countless expectations.