Azerbaijani national gymnastics team won 4 gold and 1 silver medals at the 20th Happy Cup 2017 International Tournament in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Belgium’s Ghent, the Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation said.
All medals for Azerbaijan were won by gymnast Zohra Aghamirova. Aghamirova won the first gold medal in all-around exercises. In the finals the gymnast won 3 more gold medals in the exercises with a hoop, a ribbon and a club. Aghamirova also won the silver medal in an exercise with a ball.
Yelyzaveta Luzan, who represented Azerbaijan at the tournament in the junior program, performed in two finals. Among 57 athletes, the young gymnast ranked fourth in an exercise with a ribbon and fifth - in an exercise with a ball.
Azerbaijan won the first gold medal in gymnastic at the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku thanks to Zohra Aghamirova, among others.
Zohra's mother Kenul Agamirova earlier told Vestnik Kavkaza about how Zohra came to gymnastics. According to her, the story began 10 years ago in one of the kindergartens in Baku, which was attended by Zohra, who already knew the basics of gymnastics. The ceremony of the official opening of the kindergarten was attended by the first lady of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva.
"Zohra was 3 years old when she started gymnastics. A program was prepared with the participation of children, among whom was Zohra, by the arrival of the first lady - they showed different exercises. Mehriban Aliyeva noticed her, sit next to her and asked what she was interested in. Finding out that Zohra was doing gymnastics, Mehriban Aliyeva gave a farewell: Zohra has a talent, and in the future she could represent our country on the international arena, " Kenul Agamirova said.
And 10 years later, Mehriban Aliyeva awarded Zohra with a gold medal.