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Lithuanian gymnast: Baku held fascinating opening ceremony of World Championships

17 September 2019 [16:13] - TODAY.AZ

By Trend

The competitions have been organized in Baku perfectly, Lithuanian gymnast Beatrice Gerulyte told Trend.

Gerulyte made the remarks after taking part in the qualification events of the 37th Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Baku.

She said that she performed the program well and liked to perform at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku.

“We trained a lot before the competitions,” Gerulyte said. “I did not want to let my coaches down, so I was worried.”

She stressed that she was participating in two exercises of the program within the championship and completed her performance.

“I was watching the opening ceremony yesterday,” Gerulyte added. “I really liked it; the performance was fascinating.”

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.


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