Russian gymnast Averina talks native arena, native Baku
Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 16
By Jani Babayeva - Trend:
Russian gymnast Dina Averina has shared her impressions after performing at the ualification events of the 37th Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Baku.
"I just went out and did my best," she told Trend.
“I thought it would be a lot worse,” Averina said. “But on the contrary, I performed freely maybe because I have already competed in Baku before. We also had two podium trainings. Besides, the national arena, Baku - everything is native. I really like everything."
The competitions of the 37th Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships kicked off in the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku on September 16.
The qualification events were held in the individual program on the first day. The gymnasts were demonstrating the exercises with a hoop and a ball.
The 37th Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships will last until Sept. 22.
The Championships are the qualification competition for the Olympic Games to be held in Tokyo in 2020. So, the first 16 individual gymnasts (max. two gymnasts per country) in the all-around ranking will qualify for the Games.
As for the gymnasts within group exercises, Bulgaria, Russia and Italy have already qualified according to the results of the last World Championships. At this year’s Championships, the best five teams will qualify for the Tokyo-2020 Olympic Games according to the all-around scores.
More than 300 gymnasts from 61 countries are competing for nine sets of medals. “Fairy Tales will come to life" is the motto of the championships.
Nine gymnasts are representing Azerbaijan at the World Championship, which is being held at the National Gymnastics Arena. Zohra Agamirova, Veronika Hudis, Yelyzaveta Luzan and Maryam Safarova perform in individual competitions. Ayshan Bayramova, Diana Ahmadbayli, Aliya Pashayeva, Zeynab Hummatova and Darya Sorokina participate in group exercises as part of the Azerbaijani team.