New element approved by FIG


Marina Durunda (AZE)

Photo Copyright Dirk Zimmermann

The following element was originaly performed by Marina Durunda from Azerbaijan with a value of 0,40 points.

The gymnasts starts with her feet together, hoop is in the right hand, rolling the hoop without visual control. Then she puts her hands on the floor and at the same time she pushes forward with her feet from the floor, rebounds the hoop from the body without using hands and without visual control. Gymnast moves to the handstand position and after travels into walkover forward, putting the hoop on the right foot standing in a bridge pose, leg up and without using hands and visual control. The gymnasts catches the hoop with the hands with her feet together, hands up and returns to the start position.

Marina Durunda: Ambassador Athlete of Baku European Games 2015


Marina Durunda AZE
Photo Copyright Bernd Thierolf


Marina Durunda, senior individual gymnast from Azerbaijan aims to make her nation proud in Baku 2015 European Games. These are the 1st EG in history.

“I love rhythmic gymnastics. I could not imagine myself doing anything else. I started doing gymnastics 13 years ago, when I was 4 years old. At that time, my body was not suitable for sport, as I wasn’t slim and fit enough, but I continued”

Marina is honoured to represent Azerbaijan at the first European Games in Baku and her aim is to win a medal.

“When I heard I had been selected as an ambassador for European Games I was very happy. At the same time, it is a very big responsibility because I am performing for my country, Azerbaijan. I really want the nation to be proud of me. It is an honour to take part in a competition like this. The feeling of the audience cheering me up is amazing. I’ll try to do my best”