A powerful athlete known for his explosive strength, Denis Ablyazin of Russia played hockey and rode BMX before discovering his talents lay in gymnastics. Ablyazin was the most decorated Russian male gymnast in London, winning a silver on vault and a bronze on floor. At the 2013 World Championships, Ablyazin didn’t qualify for any event finals, but a year later he won the world title on floor along with a bronze medal on rings. He also had an exceptional showing at that year’s European Championships, claiming four golds: team, floor, rings and vault. That feat had not been accomplished since 2004 by Romania’s Marian Dragulescu. At the 2015 Worlds, he was unable to defend his title on the floor exercise after falling and going out of bounds in his qualifications routine.
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Getting to know you facts:
Strongest events are floor, vault and rings
Began gymnastics at age 7
Collects key rings when he travels