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Belyavsky Aims for All-Around Maximum in 2012
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Reflecting on a successful year which included a sixth-place all-around finish at the world championships, Russia's David Belyavsky said his progress continues as he heads into the Olympic year of 2012.

IG Online's annual series of holiday-themed profiles continues with this feature on Russian gymnast David Belyavsky.

Reflecting on a successful year which included a sixth-place all-around finish at the world championships, Belyavsky said his progress continues as he heads into the Olympic year of 2012.

"I performed at my 100 percent best, and I couldn't have performed better," said Belyavsky, whose finish at October's worlds in Tokyo was a 27-place improvement from his all-around rank at the 2010 worlds in Rotterdam. "We did many physical exercises and exercises for endurance, but we are not stopping at that. Rings remains my weak apparatus, and because of it I wasn't a medalist in Tokyo."

The 19-year-old Belyavsky, who hails from Yekaterinburg, said his next target is the 2012 Russian championships, which will serve as a selection competition for the European championships that will take place in May in Montpellier, France.

"Up to the European championships there isn't a lot of time," said Belyavsky, who is coached by Valery Lomayev. "But during this time I need to resolve the problems with rings. On the other apparatuses we will raise my execution score."

Despite the fact that Belyavsky was the Russian men's top all-arounder at the 2011 Worlds, he is modest and practical as he looks ahead to next summer's Olympic Games in London.

"I do not feel like a leader and I do not consider myself one at all," he told IG. "I simply do what I need to do, and I try to achieve the objectives which I set with my coach."

External Link: Russian Gymnastics Federation

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