Aliya Garayeva

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Aliya Garayeva
— Gymnast —
Personal information
Country represented  Azerbaijan
Born (1988-01-01) 1 January 1988 (age 26)
Yekaterinburg, Russia
Residence Baku, Azerbaijan
Discipline Rhythmic gymnastics
Years on national team 2006-2012
Club Neftchi
Head coach(es) Mariana Vasileva
Assistant coach(es) Dinara Gimatova
Choreographer Veronica Shatkova
Retired 2012

Aliya Garayeva (Azerbaijani: Aliyə Qarayeva, born 1 January 1988 in Yekaterinburg, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union) is a retired Azerbaijani gymnast. She is the 2011 World All-around bronze medalist, a two-time (2010, 2012) European All-around bronze medalist, two time (2007, 2011) Grand Prix Final All-around bronze medalist and five-time Azerbaijanii National champion.


Garayeva became a two-time Azerbaijan champion in 2006 for her individual performances. She won bronze at the 2007 Grand Prix in Moscow in the all-around competition and two individual performances. Garayeva placed 6th in the all-around competition at the European Championships held in Moscow in 2006. She placed first in the ribbon and became the all-around bronze medalist. Garayeva finished third at international tournaments held in Russia, Greece and Italy.

In 2006, Garayeva finished 4th at a club world championship held in Japan. In February 2007, her team won a stage of the Italian club championship. Competing in her first Olympics at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, Garayeva finished 6th in the event all-around finals.

Garayeva won bronze at the 2010 World Championships in the individual apparatus finals in ball, ribbon and hoop. She also won the all-around bronze medal at the 2010 European Championships. The following year, Garayeva won the all-around bronze medal at the 2011 World Championships in Montpellier, France. She then competed at the Grand Prix Final and won bronze in all-around, as well as bronze in hoop, ball, clubs and ribbon finals.

Garayeva started the 2012 season by winning bronze medal in the all-around at the Penza World Cup and the silver medal at the World Cup in Tashkent. She then won her second European all-around bronze medal at 2012 European Championships. At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Garayeva was 3rd in the qualifications. She finished 4th in the all-around finals with Belarus' Liubov Charkashyna taking the bronze medal. She completed her competitive career at the end of the 2012 Season.

Following the 2012 Olympics, Garayeva announced retiring from gymnastics.[1] Garayeva married in 2013 and in 2014 began a career as a coach in rhythmic gymnastics.

her students include:

Personal life[edit]

Garayeva was born in a Tatar family. Her mother, Vasilina Garayeva, is a rhythmic gymnastic coach.

Detailed Olympic results[edit]

Year Competition Description Location Music Apparatus Score-Final Score-Qualifying
2012 Olympics London All-around 111.575 111.850
Volare, Bang Bang, (Unknown), Quien Como Tu by JJ Vianello, Tito Nieves, (Unknown), Enzo Diaz Hoop 27.925 27.450
You Can Leave Your Hat On by Joe Cocker Ball 27.825 28.350
Nazende sevgilim by Bilen Yildirir Clubs 27.575 27.850
Move, 19 Palqü (Original Mix) by Said Mrad, Backside Artists Vs. Antoine Montana Ribbon 28.250 28.200
Year Competition Description Location Music Apparatus Score-Final Score-Qualifying
2008 Olympics Beijing All-around 69.675 69.200
Danse de Phryné (Walpurgis Night) from Faust by Charles Gounod Rope 17.750 17.875
Monologue: Nurida, Schahriar's Variation, Orgy, Duet: Schahriar And Scheherazade, Mardshana's Dance by Fikret Amirov Hoop 18.075 16.850
Snakefood / Samb Adagio by Safri duo Clubs 17.225 17.625
Tango and Resurgence by Sultan Ali Ribbon 16.625 16.850


  1. ^ Aliya Garayeva: Putting an End to Career Harder Than I Expected. Azerisport. 26 June 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2013.

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