Silver medalist of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan Polina Guryeva shared her emotions from performing at the Games.
"I thank the esteemed President of Turkmenistan for creating such conditions for sports. I dedicate this medal to our President, the Turkmen people in honor of the 30th anniversary of the Independence of Turkmenistan" — said Polina Guryeva on the broadcast of Turkmen television Watan program.
Recall that today the master of sports from Ashgabat Polina Guryeva won the first Olympic medal in the history of independent Turkmenistan. The student of the Turkmen State Institute of Physical Culture and Sports achieved this success in the weight category up to 59 kg, in which representatives of 14 countries competed. In total for the snatch and clean and jerk, the 21-year-old Turkmen athlete showed the result of 217 kg (96 + 121).
The four-time world champion, holder of 12 world records, Kuo Hsing-chun (Taiwan), excelled in this weight category with three Olympic records in the snatch (103 kg), clean and jerk (133 kg) and the total (236 kg).
Polina Guryeva has been actively involved in sports since 2011. At first she attended the gymnastics section, after which she joined weightlifting. She learned the basics of weightlifting from her first coach,
Ahmet Saryyev, under whose leadership she won a gold medal at the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku in 2017. Currently, Polina Guryeva is training at the School of higher sports skills of Turkmenistan with the head coach of the national team Artur Emiryan.
The national team of Turkmenistan has been taking part in the Summer Olympics since 1996.