Paris 2024 Olympics: Gymnast Oxana Chusovitina’s record-equalling ninth Olympic dream comes true

Oxana Chusovitina’s hopes of competing at a ninth consecutive Summer Olympic Games have been ended by injury.

The 48-year-old Uzbekistani gymnast would have equalled the record set by Georgian shooter Nino Salukvadze, who is the only Olympian to compete in nine consecutive Games.

Canadian equestrian Ian Millar is the only person to have competed in 10 Olympics, achieving this feat between 1972–1976 and 1984–2012, winning a silver medal in 2008.

Chusovitina confirmed that she suffered the injury while practicing floor exercise ahead of the Asian Championships in Tashkent.

The event was Chusovitina’s last opportunity to qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.

“My dear friends, fans and everyone who loves gymnastics, unfortunately, I have sad news for you,” Chusovitina wrote on Instagram.

“I got injured during training. I won’t be able to participate and I’m very sad because I have been preparing for this competition for a long time.”

Salukvadze hopes to participate in her 10th tournament in Paris after receiving a quota place.

She was 19 when she won a gold medal for the Soviet Union at the 1988 Seoul Olympics and then a bronze medal for Georgia in 2008.

Chusovitina first competed at the Olympics in 1992 and won gold with the Unified Team of athletes from countries that had broken away from the Soviet Union.

She represented Uzbekistan in the next three Games, but when her son was diagnosed with leukemia she moved to Germany, where she acquired citizenship and switched her allegiance.

In 2008, Chusovitina won her second Olympic medal with a silver in vault representing Germany.

She moved back to Uzbekistan for the 2016 Rio Olympics and qualified for the delayed 2021 Games in Tokyo.

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