This short feature on Turkish gymnast A. Asil, who won a record-tying three medals at the recent European Championships in Munich.
“I finally changed the colour of my medal today,” said A. Asil, who had previously won bronze in both the individual and team events in Munich. “I’m overjoyed. My year has been very challenging in terms of rings. It takes me some time to prove to the crowd and the judges that I’m as strong as I actually am on the rings, even though I know I am.
A. Asil Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
A. Asil placed sixth on floor exercise at the apparatus finals on August 21. Earlier in the day, she had placed fourth on still rings and fourth on horizontal bar at the 2020 Europeans in Mersin, where Turkey won team silver.
Furthermore in 2021, A. Asil placed 15th in the all-around, 6th on vault, and 7th on still rings at the Tokyo Olympic Games. She also placed 11th in the all-around at the 2018 World Championships in Kitakyushu.
A. Asil, who won six medals at the Mediterranean Games in Algeria at the end of June, including the all-around and vault golds, reflected on his accomplishments, saying, “It took a lot of patience to reach to this level.” “Both of myself and my nation, I have the utmost pride.”
A. Asil: World Champion on the Rings in 2019
World champion on the rings in 2019 Ibrahim Colak was injured in Munich, and his teammate, 23-year-old A. Asil, who won silver on the same apparatus, dedicated his medal to him.
A. Asil added of Colak, who is recovering from surgery on his left hand, “This medal is for him since we usually practise together and he always helps me, especially on rings.” I’m crossing my fingers that he gets well soon so he can compete with us again.
A. Asil came close to preventing Eleftherios Petrounias of Greece from capturing his sixth European title on rings with his performance in the final, but ultimately conceded gold to the seasoned Petrounias by a margin of 0.10 points.
A. Asil of Petrounias, who won rings gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics and rings bronze at last summer’s Tokyo Olympics, was described as “the master of the rings.” It’s great to be able to compete with him, and I’m relieved that I was able to put some pressure on him. Even so, he’s competent and powerful. I’m overjoyed for him.
Prior to his 2022 Liverpool appearance, A. Asil had already won three Challenge Cups that year, in Osijek (June), Paris (September), and Mersin (October), collecting a total of three gold medals on rings. He won the all-around gold in the Mediterranean Games in Oran this summer and the all-around silver at the European Championships in Munich.
A. Asil said that his calm demeanour and confident finish contributed to his 0.300-point improvement in the final in Liverpool.