Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 21

By Jani Babayeva – Trend:

Azerbaijani spectators have shown great support during the performance, Russian gymnast Dina Averina, who grabbed gold in the individual all-around competitions at the 37th Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Baku, said.

“I was pleased that my program to the composition “Oriental Tales” coincides with the decorations of the National Gymnastics Arena,” Averina told Trend. “It is pleasant that not only fans from Russia, but also Azerbaijani spectators sang “Oriental Tales”. While performing, I heard them sing and also sang along with them. They helped me during the performance.”

Averina also commented on the loss of the apparatus in the exercise with clubs.

“I was surprised because I did not lose the apparatus in the previous exercises,” she said. “I settled down as I knew that it was necessary to perform till the end. These are all-around competitions. I like all-round events – there are four types and one can bounce back in case of mistakes.”

The 37th Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships will last until Sept. 22.

The Championships is the qualification competition for the Olympic Games to be held in Tokyo in 2020.

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.

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