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Russian athlete wins gold in artistic gymnastics at 2017 Summer Universiade

August 23, 2017, 13:52 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The first Summer Universiade was held in Italy’s Turin in 1959

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MOSCOW, August 23. /TASS/. Russian gymnast Kirill Prokopyev won gold on Wednesday in gymnastic artistic men’s floor exercise at the 2017 FISU Summer Universiade, currently underway in Taiwan’s Taipei.

Prokopyev packed the gold for his national team after he was awarded a total of 14.800 points for his performance. With 14.700 points, South Korea’s Hansol Kim won silver barely edging Japan’s Wataru Tanigawa, who was left with bronze having secured 14.658 points.

The 29th edition of the FISU Summer Universiade is held in Taiwan’s Taipei between August 19 and 30 and is featuring 14 compulsory disciplines, seven optional disciplines and one demonstration discipline (billiards).

Russian track and field athletes are missing the international tournament in Taiwan since the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) keeps in force the provisional suspension of the All-Russia Athletics Federation’s (ARAF) membership.

According to the official FISU website, the Summer Universiade is an international sporting and cultural festival which is staged every two years in a different city. The name of the international sports event is a combination of two words, which are ‘University’ and ‘Olympiad.’

It is only second to the Olympic Games. The Summer Universiade consists of 10 compulsory sports with 13 compulsory disciplines and up to 3 optional sports chosen by the host country.

The first Summer Universiade was held in Italy’s Turin in 1959 and the most recent in 2015 in the South Korean city of Gwangju.

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