Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 17
By Jani Babayeva - Trend:
The finalists of the 37th World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in hoop exercises were determined in the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku on Sept. 17, Trend reports.
Dina Averina (Russia, 23.650 points), Lina Ashram (Israel, 23.550 points), Ekaterina Selezneva (Russia, 23.400 points), Anastasiia Salos (Belarus, 22.100 points), Ekaterina Galkina (Belarus, 22.000 points), Alexandra Agiurgiuculese (Italy, 21.800 points), Nicol Zelikman (Israel, 21.600 points), Boryana Kalein (Bulgaria, 21.600 points) reached the finals.
Azerbaijani gymnasts did not reach the finals in the hoop exercise. Zohra Aghamirova ranked 32nd with 19,000 points, while Veronika Hudis ranked 56th with 16.950 points.
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.