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21 June 2010


The women’s pair of acrobats consisting of Ayla Ahmadova – Dilara Sultanova has become an overall champion of the international tournament held in Kazakhstan.

As the sportswomen’s coach Gurbanova informed the press service of Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation, they received the highest results in total of 3 exercises – 87 points having taken the significant lead over Russian acrobats who won the second place.

“In the tournament, I was able, in practice, to check our new combinations which we would soon present at the World Championships in Poland, as well as to see their faults, and, I would not conceal, to look at our rivals,” the coach says. “As the European Champions of 2009, Ayla and Dilara have also received special invitations to perform at the competitions’ opening ceremony along with other well-known acrobats whose performances enraptured the audience. And I developed my judging skills by judging the performances of competing pairs within the three days of the competitions.”

In a couple of days, the girls will set out for the Central Asian region again. They will take part in the final training camp in Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan from June 24 to July 12 on the threshold of the World Championships in Wroclaw. The men’s pair consisting of Rustam Najafguliyev and Elchin Mammadov will also join them.

In the meanwhile, an international tournament in rhythmic gymnastics among juniors has come to the end in another Uzbek city, Navoi, named after a famous poet and thinker Alisher Navoi who lived in the 15th century.

Azerbaijan was represented by 5 gymnasts, 3 of which returned as medalists. A 13-year-old Leyla Huseynli won the silver medal in her age group. Another second place was taken by Narmina Huseynova (born in 1999). A 12-year-old Nilufar Niftaliyeva became the third, and Kamala Mustafayeva (born in 1995) became the “Miss Grace” according to the event’s organizers.