Baku, Azerbaijan, March 14
By Jani Babayeva - Trend:
Azerbaijani gymnast Marina Nekrasova, participating in the FIG Artistic Gymnastics Individual Apparatus World Cup in Baku, says that she is always glad to perform at home, in her native arena.
"I am always pleased to perform in my native arena. Today, in the course of qualification, I performed an exercise on parallel bars without falling, which I am very happy about," she told Trend.
"I think I have a chance to compete for high places. At the Cup in Baku, all competitors are very strong, and we need to do our best," she added.
The FIG Artistic Gymnastics Individual Apparatus World Cup is being held at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku and brings together the strongest gymnasts from 41 countries.
The competition is important for athletes who want to get to the Summer Olympics in Tokyo in 2020.
Qualifications will be held during the first two days of the four-day competition, while the finals during the last two days. The gymnasts who will get the highest points for the performance will be awarded with the traditional AGF Trophy Cup.
The men’s qualification competitions in the floor exercises, parallel bars exercises and rings exercises are being held on the first day.
Women are competing for reaching the final in vault and uneven bars exercises.
Gymnasts Murad Agarzayev, Ivan Tikhonov, Nikita Simonov and Marina Nekrasova represent Azerbaijan at the FIG Artistic Gymnastics Individual Apparatus World Cup.