Albania has managed to win a gold medal at the European Gymnastics Championship, thanks to the Russian athlete equipped with an Albanian passport, Matvei Petrov. In the race held in Mersin, Turkey, Petrov won more points than everyone in the category Pommel Horse, thus giving Albania for the first time a historic result.
Behind Petrov, there is another Albanian. He is trained by the Albanian Alon Hasa, who is the president of the Sk Hradcani club in Prague and also owns one of the best gyms for gymnastics. At the end of the race, Petrov also explained his connection with Albania.
“When I did not qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games, I ended my career as a gymnast and moved to Prague to work as a coach. I did not think about pursuing a career as a gymnast. But while working as a coach, I found some free time, so I started training again and realized that I was still in good shape. And I was lucky because the director of the gym where I worked was Albanian. This is how my story with Albania started, ”said Matvei Petrov.