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Ukraine's pentathlon silver holder: "I did everything I could"

Ukraine's pentathlon silver holder: "I did everything I could"ĎI did everything I could, and Iím fine with the outcome. Iím not going to discuss decisions of judges. Iíve got what Iíve got. I got the award, the rest doesnít matterí, said Oleg Vernyayev, the holder of silver medal of Rio 2016 in the pentathlon (rhythmic gymnastics).

Many Ukrainian sports reporters claimed that the judges took away the victory from Vernyayev as he struggled with Japanese Kohei Uchimura, the Olympic champion of London 2012.

'Oleg did a great job; however, he allowed a mistake at the landing, as he was performing the last exercise. That foul cost him 0.3 points, which eventually sealed the fate of the gold medal,í said Hennadiy Sartynsky, the coach of Ukrainian gymnast Oleg Vernyayev who has most recently claimed silver in his event.

According to Sartynsky who gave an interview to Ukraineís National Olympic Committee, thereís a rule in rhythmic gymnastics saying that no protests against the judgesí marks for the performance are allowed. The official said that the refereeing was fair.

ĎSuch decorated athlete as the three-time Olympic champion Kohei Uchimura is always two steps ahead of his opponents, and he has always enjoyed the great advantage over them. But back then, Oleg managed to take the true fight to him! I guess it was a good startí, Sartynsky concluded.
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