Azerbaijani gymnasts recapture lead in team competitions in European championship

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Baku, Azerbaijan, June 13

By Emin Aliyev - Trend:

Azerbaijani gymnasts have recaptured leading position in the team group performances at the 30th European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships, which is being held in Baku, Azerbaijan.

In the first performance with ten clubs, Azerbaijani gymnasts scored 17.350 points.

Azerbaijani athletes gained 16.500 points for the second performance, and in total the team scored 33.850 points.

However, Azerbaijani team filled a protest with regard to the judges' assessment, and the team's overall score was raised to 34.050.

Currently, French team ranks second with 33.082 points, followed by Ukraine's squad, which scored 32.883 points.

Azerbaijani team included gymnasts Sabina Abbasova, Aliya Pashayeva, Aynura Mustafayeva, Aleksandra Platonova, Diana Doman and Siyana Vasileva.

They are struggling for awards with two performances - one with ten clubs, and the other with three balls and two ribbons.

The 30th Rhythmic Gymnastics European Championships kicked off in the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku, on June 13.

Some 258 gymnasts from 33 countries compete for nine sets of awards in the tournament that is being held in Baku for the third time.

The qualifying individual junior tournaments in A, B and C groups are held on the first day of the competitions.

The tournament's official opening ceremony was held today.

The championship itself will last till June 15.

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