(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
BAKU, Azerbaijan, June 20 . The Azerbaijani
rhythmic gymnastics team, which successfully performed at the
European Championships in Tel Aviv (Israel), returned homeland with
medals, Trend reports.
At the Heydar Aliyev International Airport, athletes were met by
representatives of the Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation,
colleagues, representatives of the sports community, as well as
relatives and folks.
At the European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championship in Tel Aviv,
which took place on June 15-19, the Azerbaijani team won four
bronze medals. Thus, the Azerbaijani grace, junior Kamilla Gafarova
won the bronze medal in the clubs program. The Azerbaijani team won
three 'bronze' medals in group exercises - in the all-around,
program with five hoops and exercise with three ribbons and two
The Azerbaijani team included Gullu Agalarzade, Laman
Alimuradova, Kamilla Aliyeva, Zeynab Hummatova, Elizaveta Luzan and
Upon arrival at homeland, the athletes shared their impressions
of participation in the competitions with the media
According to team members in group exercises, they are happy to
return to their homeland with medals.
'As with every sports award, the medals we won at the European
Championships require a lot of hard work and hard training. We
express our deep gratitude to the Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation,
our coaches, everyone who works with us, and of course, our parents
for their great support. This support gives us strength, so our
awards are a common success. We will continue to try to adequately
represent Azerbaijan,' said team member, gymnast Zeynab
As Gullu Agalarzade, a member of the team in group exercises,
noted, each competition is extremely exciting, because the athletes
represent their native country.
'We are proud that we adequately represented Azerbaijan at the
European Championship. We will work hard to continue to show good
results and rise to the highest steps of the podium,' she
Junior Kamilla Gafarova said that this is the first European
Championship in her sports career.
'The championship brought me a great experience. I am very glad
that I performed with dignity and brought a medal to my country. I
confess that the rivals at the championship were strong, I can
single out gymnasts from Italy and Bulgaria,' Gafarova said,
expressing her gratitude to everyone who supported the national
team at the championship.
At the European Championship in the adult age category, Zohra
Agamirova and Arzu Jalilova took part in the individual program. In
the all-around final (the sum of four exercises - hoop, ball, clubs
and ribbon) Agamirova took ninth place, and Jalilova was in tenth
position. In the finals of the individual program in certain types,
Zohra Agamirova took eighth place in the ball exercise, and sixth
position in the clubs program, Arzu Jalilova took eighth place in
the ribbon exercise.
Along with the fact that Kamilla Gafarova took third place in
the clubs program, she also placed sixth in the hoop exercise.
Junior Alina Mammadova took sixth place in the exercise with the
ball, and Medina Demirova - seventh place with the ribbon.
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