By Laman Ismayilova
Azerbaijani saber-fencer Polina Kaspiarovich has captured a
silver medal at the 5th Islamic Solidarity Games. She lost to the
Turkish fencer Irina Shchukla (14:15), Azernews reports.
Meanwhile, Valeria Bolshakova and Sabina Karimova successfully
passed the group stage of saber fencing.
In total, the national team has already won 58 medals including
18 gold, 22 silver, and 18 bronze.
The gold medals were won by wrestlers Anna Skidan, Mariya
Stadnik, Haji Aliyev, Turan Bayramov, Leyla Gurbanova, Rafig
Huseynov, Eldaniz Azizli and taekwondo fighter Farida Azizova.
Athlete Alexis Copello, gymnast Ivan Tikhonov, swimmer Maryam
Sheikhalizade wrestlers Abubakr Abakarov, Alyona Kolesnik, Ulvu
Ganizade, Islam Bazargano, Elis Manolova, and saber fencer Polina
Kaspiarovich won silver medals for Azerbaijan.
Taekwondo fighters Patimat Abakarova, Gasim Mahammadov, and
wrestlers Aliabbas Rzazada, Hajimurad Omarov, Tatiyana Omelchenko,
Asgar Mammadaliyev, Elnura Mammadova, weightlifter Nazila
Ismayilova and archers Jahan Musayev, Ali Nabiyev, and Azada
Adbullayeva won bronze medals.
Thus, Azerbaijan ranks fourth among 56 participants. Turkiye,
Iran, Uzbekistan, and Azerbaijan are in the top five.
A total of 281 athletes are representing Azerbaijan at the 5th
Islamic Solidarity Games to run until August 18.
In March, the Organizing Committee announced the final program
of the 5th Islamic Solidarity Games, which consists of 22
disciplines from 19 sports including 4 para-sports.
The organizers choose to remove six sports: water polo, diving,
field hockey, tennis, wushu, and zurkhaneh. At their place, they
choose to add archery, boccia, fencing, and kickboxing.
At the paralympic events, para powerlifting and blind judo were
replaced by para table tennis and para archery.
Along these events, archery included four extra events with the
Traditional Turkish Archery discipline.
Notably, the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games took place in Baku in
2017. All 56 members of the Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation
are participating in the Games.
Four disciplines from 21 sports were contested in the previous
edition of the Islamic Solidarity Games.
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