Nikolai Kuksenkov

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Nikolai Kuksenkov
— Gymnast —
Full name Nikolai Yulievich Kuksenkov
Nickname(s) Mykola Kuksenkov
Country represented  Russia
Former countries represented  Ukraine
Born (1989-06-02) June 2, 1989 (age 25)
Kiev, Ukraine
Height 172cm
Weight 64kg
Discipline Men's artistic gymnastics
Club Dynamo
Assistant coach(es) Igor Kalabushkin
Former coach(es) Yuliy Kuksenkov

Nikolai Yulievich Kuksenkov, also known as Mykola Kuksenkov, (Ukrainian: Микола Юлійович Куксенков; Russian: Николай Юльевич Куксенков, born 2 June 1989 in Kiev) is a Russian and former Ukrainian gymnast.[1]

Biography[edit]

for Ukraine[edit]

Kuksenkov was member of the junior Ukrainian team that won team gold at the European Championships. In 2008, He finished 4th in all-around at the 2008 European Championships, Kuksenkov missed qualifying in the Ukrainian Team for the 2008 Summer Olympics because of an injury where he underwent surgery and took a while for the recovery. He won gold in All-around and silver in Horizontal Bar at the 2011 Summer Universiade. He won bronze medal in All-around at the 2011 European Championships.

He competed for Ukraine's national team at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the Men's artistic team all-around and the Men's artistic individual all-around.[2] The Ukrainian team, consisting of Mykola, Igor Radivilov, Vitalii Nakonechnyi, Oleg Stepko and Oleg Verniaiev finished in 4th place in the team final. They were initially awarded 3rd position although a successful appeal from the Japanese team over one of their athletes scores resulted in Japan being promoted from 4th to 2nd place, displacing Ukraine from the medals.[3] In the individual final Mykola also finished in 4th position, again just missing out on a medal.[2]

Move to Russia[edit]

In December of 2012, Kuksenkov decided to switch to the Russian team due to family reasons.[4] He received his Russian citizenship in April 23, 2013.[5]

Kuksenkov returned to international competition now competing for Russia at the 2013 Summer Universiade, in Kazan. Kuksenkov, alongside the Russian team (Emin Garibov, David Belyavskiy, Denis Ablyazin and Nikita Ignatyev) won Russia the team gold medal. He won gold medal in Pommel Horse and defended his All-around title in Kazan winning another gold medal.

In May 19-25, at the 2014 European Championships in Sofia. Kuksenkov contributed scores of 15.133 (pommel horse), 15.066 (rings), 14.866 (parallel bar) and 14.833 (horizontal bar) for Russia and along with teammates (Denis Ablyazin, Aleksandr Balandin, Nikita Ignatyev, David Belyavskiy) won Russia the Team Event gold medal with a total score of 267.959 ahead of Great Britain.

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