Polina Guryeva lifts for Turkmenistan’s first gold in Baku
Weightlifter Polina Guryeva won Turkmenistan’s first gold medal on a day that saw Turkmen athletes do their country proud, winning medals in both weightlifting and swimming, at the Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku on Monday.
Gold and silver medals in weightlifting
Women’s 63kg weightlifter Polina Guryeva started Turkmenistan’s gold medal hunt, lifting a total of 193kg (88 in snatch and 105 in clean and jerk) to emerge victorious. Uzbekistan’s Kumushkhon Fayzullaeva (187kg) and Azerbaijan’s Elnura Abbasova (184kg) finished second and third respectively.
In the women’s 69kg category, Guryeva’s compatriot Gulnabat Kadyrova lifted 214kg to secure a silver medal behind Azerbaijan’s Anastassiya Ibrahimli (219), while Uzbekistan’s Manzurakhon Mamasalieva (203) came third.
Atayev wins silver in the pool
Turkmenistan’s second silver medal at the Islamic Solidarity Games came from the swimming pool, when Merdan Atayev (55.44sec) narrowly finished behind Indonesia’s Gede Sudartawa (55.23) in the men’s 100m Backstroke. Turkey’s Ege Baser (56.08) completed the podium.
Atayev, who carried Turkmenistan’s flag at the 2016 Olympic Games and set two national records at the recent Inspiring Ashgabat Test Event Series, will next compete in the 50m Backstroke on Wednesday.
Spikers back to winning ways
In volleyball, Turkmenistan bounced back from its opening loss to Turkey to defeat Palestine 3-0 (25-15, 25-12, 25-13) in the group stages of the event. The Turkmen spikers never loosened their grip on the game, helping the side maintain the advantage throughout the match.
Turkmenistan will next take on Azerbaijan and Pakistan on Wednesday and Friday respectively.
Mixed results in the ring and mat
Turkmen boxer Yakub Meredov entered the semi-finals of the men’s 56kg bantamweight event, defeating Iraq’s Jaafar Al Sudani 5-0 in the last-eight.
Compatriot, men's super heavy weight (+91kg) fighter Baky Toychyyev bowed out of the competition after losing to Morocco’s Mohammed Arjaoui in a unanimous decision in the quarters.
Judoka Aynur Amanova also lost to Algeria’s Meriem Moussa in the women’s 52kg quarter-finals.
Turkmenistan leapfrogged eight countries on the medal table into ninth spot. Turkey, with 92 medals (35 gold, 31 silver and 26 bronze), leads the table, with host Azerbaijan second (33, 23, 12), and Uzbekistan third (six, six, 18).
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