Chilean gymnast Tomas Gonzalez said Sunday he was "very proud" of ending up in fourth place in the Olympic floor exercise competition, since he "never expected" to place that high.
"On the second diagonal I took a risk and had a small mistake. At that moment, I thought I couldn't aspire to anything, but the rest of the exercise came out perfect and I was able to get into fourth place. I didn't expect it, that's the truth," Gonzalez said.
"I'm very proud to have achieved this position for my country and placed Chile in a privileged spot in the world of gymnastics. To be together with the great powers such as China, Japan and Russia fills me with pride," the gymnast said.
Gonzalez said he went all out in his first Olympic final.
"I could have been more conservative on the second diagonal, but I preferred to take a risk. It was my first Olympic final and you never know. Besides, I think that my more classical style favors me with respect to the other participants, who are stiffer," Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez said he had felt nervous and under some pressure in the runup to his fourth-place finish.
"The truth is that the past few days have been endless. And being in last place also has not helped me because the pressure grows with every minute. I tried to block it out and I didn't look at any of my rivals, I never do that," Gonzalez said.
With regard to the horse vault final on Monday, in which he will participate, the gymnast expressed confidence.
"My main and only concern is landing on my feet in the two vaults. It's a difficult (thing) to predict because the execution is very rapid and anything can happen. I've exchanged the hard springboard for the softer one and now I'm entering the (vault) better. I'm confident and we'll see what happens tomorrow," Gonzalez said. EFE