Aliya Garayeva

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Aliya Garayeva
Personal information
Country represented Azerbaijan
Former countries represented Russia
Born (1988-01-01) 1 January 1988 (age 32)
Sverdlovsk (now Yekaterinburg), Russia SFSR, Soviet Union
ResidenceBaku, Azerbaijan
DisciplineRhythmic gymnastics
Years on national team2006-2012
Head coach(es)Mariana Vasileva
Assistant coach(es)Dinara Gimatova
ChoreographerVeronica Shatkova

Aliya Nurgayanovna (Nikolayevna) Garaeva (Garayeva) (Tatar: Алия Нургаян кызы Гәрәева; Russian: Алия Нургаяновна Гараева), born 1 January 1988 in Yekaterinburg, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union) is a retired Azerbaijani individual rhythmic gymnast. She represented Russia (until 2005), and Azerbaijan (2006-2012). 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 2012 and in 2014 began a career as a coach in rhythmic gymnastics.

Personal life[edit]

Garayeva was born in a Tatar family.[2] Her mother, Vasilina Akhatovna Garaeva, is a rhythmic gymnastic coach. She is married to Azeri Javid Hajiyev, and on 7 August 2015 she gave birth to their first child, a son named Timur.[3] The couple welcomed their second child, a son named Emil, on the 13th of October 2018.[4] They currently reside in Frankfurt, Germany.

Detailed Olympic results[edit]

Year Competition Description Location Music Apparatus Score-Final Score-Qualifying
2012 Olympics London All-around 111.575 111.850
Volare by Dean Martin, Bang Bang by Tito Nieves, Quien Como Tu by JJ Vianello 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
Aliya Garayeva with ball


  1. ^ Aliya Garayeva: Putting an End to Career Harder Than I Expected. Azerisport. 26 June 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 March 2016. Retrieved 28 February 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Timur Hajiyev's birth certificate.
  4. ^ [1]

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