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Sunday, 10 August 2014 11:49

Our girls, who wrote history, return home / PHOTO

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Our national female team performed successfully at the Junior World Wrestling Championship in Zagreb, Croatia and has returned home. Our wrestlers brought home 1 gold and 2 bronze medals. At the international Heydar Aliyev airport they were met by media and federation representatives and fans.

Our representative in 72 kg weight class Sabira Aliyeva became the world champion. Ragnetta Gurbanzadeh won a bronze medal in 67 kg category and Solmaz Hashimzadeh won one in 55 kg.

Having won against all her rivals in the tournament and receiving the highest prize of the championship, Sabira Aliyeva says she had her hardest bout against the Kazakhstani wrestler in the semifinal. She says she was extremely proud to have everybody rise to our anthem and wave our flag high and thanked everybody who has helped her do so.

Our bronze medalist Ragnetta Gurbanzadeh says she was aiming for the gold medal: “I admit that my Japanese rival overall performed better. However I managed to compose myself and focus on following bouts thanks to my coaches. In any case the third place in the world championship is not a bad result. I am very happy to have become a medal owner.”

Our second winner of a bronze medal Solmaz Hashimzadeh did not even try to hold her happiness to have brought a medal for our country and said: “I will work even harder from now on. Our biggest victories are yet to come. All the conditions are created for us to develop and be successful. We will benefit from that and try to win new victories.”

We would like to remind our readers that our young girls won their first gold medal in the World Championship in 2010. And in 2013 they completed the same event with 2 bronze medals. And during the last World Championship they brought home as many medals as they did in the previous 4 years put together – 1 gold and 2 bronze medals. With this result our national team ranked third in team rankings after Japan and Russia.

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