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Oksana Chusovitina says 8th Olympics will be her final Games

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Oksana Chusovitina, a 44-year-old gymnast who just qualified for her eighth Olympics, said Tokyo will be her final Games, according to Russian news agency TASS.

The Uzbek mom qualified for Tokyo 2020 at the world championships earlier this month despite not making any finals. She intends to vie for a medal next summer.

She is in line to break her own record for Olympic gymnastics appearances. Chusovitina, already the oldest female gymnast in Olympic history from her Rio participation, will next year become the oldest Olympic gymnast in 100 years.

Chusovitina began her career competing for the Soviet Union in the late 1980s. After the breakup, she later represented the Unified Team, Uzbekistan and Germany before going back to Uzbekistan.

She owns two Olympic medals — team gold from Barcelona 1992 and vault silver from Beijing 2008.

Chusovitina also has nine world championships medals on vault, the most recent in 2011, and was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 2017.

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Oksana Chusovitina, 44-year-old gymnast, qualifies for record-extending 8th Olympics

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Oksana Chusovitina, a 44-year-old gymnast, has qualified for her eighth Olympics, breaking her own record.

The Uzbek mom made the field for Tokyo 2020 when the dust settled on the final day at the world championships in Stuttgart, Germany.

Chusovitina failed to qualify outright after missing this week’s individual finals. However, due to a lack of gymnasts making apparatus finals from nations not already qualified for the Olympic team event, extra athletes from all-around qualifying made it.

Chusovitina began her career competing for the Soviet Union in the late 1980s.

She is already the oldest female gymnast in Olympic history. She is in line to become the fourth-oldest Olympic gymnast and the oldest since 1920, according to the OlyMADMen.

The 2017 International Gymnastics Hall of Fame inductee made 14 world vault championships finals, highlighted by a 2003 World title. She also reached the last three Olympic vault finals with a silver at Beijing 2008.

She debuted at the world championships in 1991, winning gold with the Soviet Union, and at the Olympics in 1992 with the Unified Team.

She also represented Germany from 2006 through 2012. She had moved there to seek treatment for son Alisher’s leukemia. Alisher turns 21 next year.

Chusovitina has long focused on vault, where she has won nine world medals, the most recent in 2011.

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Wrestler, already stripped of one Olympic gold medal, loses another one

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Uzbek super heavyweight wrestler Artur Taymazov became the second athlete to be stripped of gold medals from multiple Olympics for doping, losing his London 2012 title two years after giving up his Beijing 2008 crown.

Taymazov, still Uzbekistan’s most decorated Olympian with a silver from 2000 and a gold from 2004, was stripped of his 2008 and 2012 medals for the same reason: a retest of his doping sample came back positive for the banned steroid turinabol. His 2008 sample also retested positive for the banned steroid stanozolol.

Taymazov joins Kazakh weightlifter Ilya Ilyin as the only Olympians to be stripped of Olympic gold medals from multiple Games, according to the OlyMADMen. Ilyin also lost 2008 and 2012 titles after retesting of doping samples.

After Taymazov was stripped of his 2008 gold medal, the other finishers were upgraded. The 2012 Olympic silver medalist in his division, Davit Modzmanashvil of Georgia, was stripped of his medal in January after doping sample retesting.

Wrestling awards multiple bronze medals. Iranian Komeil Ghasemi and Russian Bilyal Makhov earned those in 2012 in the super heavyweight division.

American Tervel Dlagnev, who coaches 2012 Olympic champion Kyle Snyder, lost to Taymazov in the semifinals and ended up fifth, the first man out of the original medals.

The IOC requested United World Wrestling to modify the results of the event.

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