Alexander Shatilov

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Alexander 'Alex' Shatilov
— Gymnast —
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Alexander Shatilov in IDF officers championship, 2008
Personal information
Full name Alexander Shatilov
Country represented  Israel
Born (1987-03-22) March 22, 1987 (age 27)
Height 183 cm (6.00 ft)
Discipline Men's artistic gymnastics
Head coach(es) Sergei Vaisburg

Alexander 'Alex' Shatilov (Hebrew: אלכסנדר "אלכס" שטילוב ‎) (born March 22, 1987) is an Israeli artistic gymnast. He specializes in the floor exercise, in which he won several medals at world and European championships, and reached the final at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics. In 2013, Shatilov won a gold medal at the European championship in gymnastics in Moscow, Russia.[1]


Alexander (Alex) Shatilov was born in Uzbekistan. He began his gymnastics training in Uzbekistan at the age of five. He immigrated to Israel in 2002. He is unusually tall for a gymnast, at 183 cm or 6 ft.

Athletic career[edit]

Shatilov placed seventh at the 2006 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships and became the first Israeli gymnast in a world apparatus final. He won fifth place at the 2007 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. He also won a gold medal in the Glasgow world cup in 2008.

Shatilov represented Israel at the 2008 Summer Olympics. In the qualifying stage, he placed 8th on the floor apparatus and qualified to the final. He also placed 29th overall, and just missed the cut for the all-around final. In the floor final he failed to improve his ranking and placed last of the 8 finalists, which was still the best ever achievement in artistic gymnastics for an Israeli gymnast.

Shatilov at Wingate Institute

He won bronze medals in the floor exercise at the 2009 European Artistic Gymnastics Championships and the 2009 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, and became the first Israeli to win a medal at both events.[2]

He suffered a serious knee injury in spring 2010 and missed the European championships, but recovered in time to place fourth at the 2010 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships.

In 2011, he won the silver medal in the floor exercise at the European Artistic Gymnastics Championships.[3] At the 2011 World Championships he won the bronze medal in the floor exercise, and also finished 13th in the all-around final.

His achievement qualified him to compete for Israel at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Shatilov tied for 4th on floor and placed 12th overall, qualifying for the finals in both events. In the men's floor final, Shatilov got the score 15.333,and tied with the American Jacob Dalton, but was placed beneath him because Dalton's execution points were higher. In the end, Shatilov was sixth place out of eight athletes.[4]

In April 2013, Shatilov won a gold medal at the European championship in gymnastics in Moscow, Russia. He received a 15.333 score and shared first place with the British gymnast Max Whitlock. Shatilov is the first Israeli to win the European championship.[5]

Shatilov was awarded the title of Athlete of the Year in Israel in 2009[6] and 2013.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Israeli wins gold in European gymnastics championship
  2. ^ Shvidler, Eli (August 3, 2011). "Gymnastics world championships: Alexander Shatilov wins Israel's first-ever medal". Haaretz. Retrieved November 14, 2011. 
  3. ^ Dann, Uzi (August 3, 2011). "Higher and higher". Haaretz. Retrieved November 14, 2011. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ Israeli wins gold in European gymnastics championship
  6. ^ John Crumlish. (9 February 2010). "Shatilov Inspired by 'Athlete of the Year' Award". International Gymnast. Retrieved 2013-12-29. 
  7. ^ "Alex Shatilov and Yarden Gerbi crowned as Athletes of the Year" (in Hebrew). December 29, 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-29. 

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