22 May 2012
An Azerbaijani gymnast Aliya Garayeva has become the two-time silver medalist of the World Cup series held in the capital of Uzbekistan.
According to the press service of Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation, the national team’s leader “began to stamp medals” from the final with a ball where she showed a quite high result close on 29 points, losing only 0.1 points to a Russian Alexandra Merkulova who won the first place.
As it is generally known, the appetite comes with eating and Garayeva demonstrated “mirror” result in the next final with clubs.
According to specialists, summing up Aliya’s latest results, there are grounds to believe that she intends to prove her high reputation at the European Championships to start in 10 days.
Stop of “Happy Caravan” in Tashkent, the international tournament among juniors namely called in this way and taking place at the same time with the World Cup series turned out to be happy for our gymnasts.
Thus, Nilufar Niftaliyeva also won 2 medals. But unlike her senior team-mate, she took the bronze medals with a hoop and clubs. Gulsum Shafizada became the 4th with a ribbon, and Marina Durunda the 5th with a ball.
The country’s group team was also marked with the fourth and fifth places at the World Cup series. Having received the high 26.7 points for the exercise with 5 balls, the collective stopped a step away from the podium, and took the 5th places with hoops/ribbons and in the all-around.
The Azerbaijani national team’s head coach Mariana Vasileva is content with the performances of all our gymnasts. “I think dress rehearsal prior to the European Championships in Nizhny Novgorod (June 1-3) was successful. Garayeva, juniors and group team showed due results both to their coaches and foreign judges. And even Lala Yusifova taken the 11th place among 26 competitors, in fact, has aimed for top ten of strongest sportswomen. And, once again, it suggests she is a promising gymnast,” the Bulgarian specialist summed up.