08 August 2011
An Azerbaijani gymnast Aliya Garayeva has become the all-around winner of the “Gracia Cup” international tournament held in Budapest the day before! According to the press service of Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation, the leader of the national team easily performed with all the four exercises in the all-around and she mounted the first step of the podium as a result. “Thank you very much for your congratulations! What favored my successful performance in Budapest? I can say a good physical preparation and fruits of the training camp in Croatia. All the performances were notable for newness both in exercises and accuracy of their execution. The audience, and, especially, the judges liked them what was very important on the threshold of the World Championships in Montpellier (September) within the framework of which the qualification for the London-2012 Olympic Games to be held. The next tournament before the World Championships in France is the Universiade to take place in China on August 15-23 where I will compete for high places as well,” the country’s gymnast noted. As to the prize-winners of the Hungarian competitions, the representatives of Israel and Korea accordingly took the second and third places. Other Azerbaijani gymnasts Anna Gurbanova and Samira Mustafayeva took the 5th and 6th places, respectively. The forthcoming World Championships are on the minds of not only individual gymnasts - the national group team is intensively preparing for it as well. The collective consisting of Sabina Abbasova, Anastasiya Prasolova, Aelita Khalafova, Yevgeniya Zhidkova, Stefani Trayanova and Jeyla Guliyeva, as well as Zeynab Javadli who is training on individual program, are in the training camp held at the Olympic sports Complex in Gusar under the direction of Mariana Vasileva, the head coach of the country’s national team. According to M. Vasileva, Zeynab and the group team will test their preparedness for the year’s main event at the World Cup series in Bulgaria (August 18-22) and Israel (August 24-28).