Vahagn Davtyan’s wish: “to work more and more on myself”
Although Vahagn Davtyan from Armenia finished the 2022 World Cup series at the top of the overall standings on fixed rings, he sees room for improvement and therefore a practical way to reach the medal podium at the European and World Championships more late this year.
Davtyan, 33,’s medal streak in the first three of four competitions in the series – silver at the Cottbus World Cup held February 24-27 and gold both at the Doha World Cup held March 4-7 and the Cairo World Cup held March 17-20 earned him enough points to win the overall title even without participating at the fourth meeting.
Davytan, a two-time European Championships medalist and two-time World Championships runner-up on rings, believes he can improve his execution for potential podium finishes at the two key competitions coming in 2022.
Born on August 18, 1988 in Yerevan, Davtyan trains under coaches Hakob Serobian, Harutioun Merdinyan and Hayk Nazarian. His younger brother, Artur Davtyanwho won gold on pommel horse at the 2021 European Championships and bronze on vault at the Olympics last summer in Tokyo, placed first on vault in the overall World Cup 2022 standings .
Davtyan, who in addition to training is the head of the sports and youth affairs department for the Yerevan Municipality, shares his thoughts in this interview with International Gymnast Online.
I’M GOING: As well as winning the overall World Cup title, you won your first-ever gold medals in World Cup events in Doha and Cairo. What made you happy about your performance and what showed you that you could improve?
DV: I want to say that I owe it to my performance, because I took part in three competitions and based on the general calculation I became the winner on the rings. I think there is room to perform the routine better and more cleanly, and now I’m working on the mistakes.
I’M GOING: In view of the European Championships (in Munich in August) and the World Championships (in Liverpool in October), what do you plan to do to improve your difficulty score, which was 6.0 in 2021?
DV: I don’t think to make the base (score) more difficult at the European and World Championships. It is better to work neatly on such a basis.
I’M GOING: What higher execution score do you think you can achieve, and what is the way to achieve it?
DV: It seems to me that two more tenths can be added, and for this I can work even more and carefully.
I’M GOING: What advice did Artur give you that really helped you?
DV: Arthur is younger than me but he is a more titled and better known gymnast. His results already inspire me, and we always help each other in sport and in life in general.
I’M GOING: How do you coordinate your training program with your work as head of the sports and youth department of your municipality?
DV: It’s very difficult, of course, but when there are desires and objectives, we can find a way, that’s what I try to do.
I’M GOING: What progress and changes have you been able to make in your role in this department?
DV: There is a lot of work in the work. It is not possible to change everything all at once. We did a lot with my team. The fact is that the problems are related to finances. We have to build sports complexes, etc.
I’M GOING: You finished seventh in the 2015 world championships and sixth in 2018. What exactly will you need to win medals in Liverpool?
DV: One and the same – working more and more on myself.
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