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Azerbaijani gymnasts will also continue training to show good results in the age group competitions, Seymur Jafarov, the country’s gymnast, silver medalist of the 9th Acrobatic Gymnastics World Age Group Competition 2016 (Putian, China) told reporters March 31.
"We expected that we will win medals, as we trained hard with my partner Murad Akbarov,” Jafarov said. “The opponents were well trained. But we performed well and managed to win silver medals.”
Men’s pair Jafarov and Akbarov, who scored 27,500 points, won silver medals, losing only to Russian gymnasts, who scored 28.050. UK’s gymnasts ranked third with 27,000 points.
Azerbaijani mixed pair Aghasif Rahimov and Nurjan Jabbarli claimed silver medals in the age group 12-18. They finished 2nd in the final of combined exercises with 27.650 points.
Russian mixed pair grabbed the gold medal with 28.000 points, while the acrobats from the UK and Kazakhstan shared the third place.
Rahimov noted that the captured medals were the result of long and hard training.
“We worked hard, trained, improved our program and achieved a successful result,” he said. “We will continue to work, as we have a lot of competitions ahead.”
All four medal winners are the athletes of Baku Gymnastics School.
Another mixed pair from Azerbaijan, represented by Abdulla Al-Mashaykhi and Ruhidil Gurbanli also showed good results. However, considering that only one pair of athletes from a given country is allowed to participate in the finals, the Gurbanli-Al-Mashaykhi pair wasn’t allowed to go into the finals, despite scoring 53.100 points. Their place was taken by Spanish athletes.
2016.03.31 / 16:17