Veteran Chusovitina excited by normal life

German veteran Oksana Chusovitina, 37, said she was ready to embrace a "normal life" after bowing out of gymnastics at the London Olympics on Sunday.

The Uzbek-born gymnast was bidding to become the oldest winner of an individual women's Olympic medal but she could only finish fifth in the vault final at the North Greenwich Arena.

"I'm happy with my competition," she said. "Now the normal life will start. I want to thank everybody for watching the competition and all the support I got.

"I will find out what normal life is like now. I will be a coach. I have achieved everything I could achieve in gymnastics."

Chusovitina won a team gold medal for the United Team of former Soviet republics at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and claimed silver in the vault for Germany in Beijing in 2008, having moved to Germany in 2002.

She was competing in her sixth Olympic Games, a gymnastics record she shares with Bulgarian rings specialist Jordan Jovtchev.

Medal Count

Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 United States 46 29 29 104
2 China 38 27 23 88
3 Great Britain 29 17 19 65
4 Russia 24 26 32 82
5 South Korea 13 8 7 28
6 Germany 11 19 14 44
7 France 11 11 12 34
86 Philippines 0 0 0 0

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