The 23rd European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championship, lasting 3 days in Baku, wrapped up on 1 July with the winners of the junior group and individual finals announced.
Leaving behind Russia’s Vera Sessina (18.050) and Olga Kapranova (17.750) Azerbaijani gymnast Aliya Garayeva (18,150) was the best in rope exercises and became European champion.
Olga Kapranova (18.325), Anna Bessonova (18.050, Ukraine) and Vera Sessina (17.600) took the first, second and third places respectively in hoop routines.
Vera Sessina (18.000) won the gold medal with clubs, while Olga Kapranova yet scoring the same, won silver because of 0.5 penalty points. Bronze medal went to Ukraine’s Anna Bessonova (17.850).
In ribbon routines, Yevgenia Kanayeva, Russia was the best with 18.275 points leaving behind Anna Bessonova (18.100) and Vera Sessina (17.825). Azerbaijani gymnast Aliya Garayeva took the fourth place in this discipline.
In the first half of the day junior group team competitions were held. Azerbaijani team consisting of Aelita Khalafova, Nigyar Mirzayeva, Jeyla Gouliyeva, Aziza Salimbeyova, Esmira Orujova and Jamilya Huseynova ranked fourth with 24.500 points.
Russia (26.575), Bulgaria (25.875) and Belarus (24.975) took the first, second and third places respectively in the junior group competition.
A day earlier the Azeri team took the bronze medal in team competitions. So, Azeri team completed the 23rd European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championship with a golden and a bronze medal.
After competitions ended, a solemn gala took place at Heydar Aliyev Sports and Concert Palace. Banner of European Gymnastics Union was presented to Walter Peroni, President of the Organization Committee of the 24th European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championship to be held in 2008 in Turin, Italy.


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