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Having suffered a complete ACL tear at the World Championships, Jessica Gadirova acknowledges a “tough and long journey ahead”.


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The gymnast for Team GB will have to fight to recover in time for Paris 2024 after rupturing her anterior cruciate ligament while warming up for the Antwerp all-around final.

Jessica Gadirova

On Sunday, October 15, gymnast Jessica Gadirova disclosed that she had sustained a “full tear” of her anterior cruciate knee ligament during the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships earlier in the month.

The current European all-around champion said on her Instagram page that her knee injury occurred during the individual all-around final warm-up in Antwerp and that it was “a freak accident performing a gymnastics prep not one of my competition skills.”

“I know it’s going to be a tough and long journey ahead,” the British man continued, adding that he was still processing everything. I am unsure of how long this will take, but I will do everything in my power to get back to my favorite sport as soon as possible with the help of those around me.”

It will be difficult for Gadirova to recover fully in time for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, alongside her twin sister Jennifer who is also out with an injury.

Jessica Gadirova, an English artistic gymnast of Irish and Azerbaijani descent, was born on October 3, 2004. She competes internationally for Great Britain.In [4] At the 2020 Summer Olympics, she competed for Great Britain and won a bronze medal in the team event. She also participated in the teams that won gold and silver at the European Artistic Gymnastics Championships in 2023 and 2022, respectively.

She is the individual World Champion in floor exercise for 2022, the third and second British women to win a World title on the apparatus (behind Beth Tweddle and Giarnni Regini-Moran), and the three-time European Champion in the same event (2021, 2022, and 2023). She is the first gymnast of any gender to win three straight floor titles at the European Artistic Gymnastics Championships, having done so since 1965 when Franco Menichelli did so.

She is the 2023 European all-around champion, the second Briton to accomplish that title (after Ellie Downie), and the bronze medallist for the 2022 World and 2021 European all-around competitions. She also won the European vault silver medal in 2021. Gadirova made history by becoming the first female gymnast since Cătălina Ponor of Romania in 2004 to win three gold medals at the same European Championships. She was also the first since Svetlana Khorkina of Russia in 2002 to win the all-around title.

She and Jennifer, her twin sister, participated in the first-ever Junior World Championships in 2019. Rhys McClenaghan won the first gold medal for Ireland a few days later. In 2022, she became the first gymnast of Irish descent to win a world title in gymnastics.

Gadirova has won three English titles and three British titles in her native country.

Born in Dublin, Ireland, Gadirova and her twin sister Jennifer are of Azerbaijani origin. Their mother, Natig Gadirov, and father are Azerbaijani nationals who moved to London in 2001. Gadirova’s parents worked in Ireland for a few months prior to their return to England, during which time she was born. She is therefore a British, Irish, and Azerbaijani citizen. Her paternal grandparents are professors of physics and mathematics who reside in Baku. Her grandmother is a retired pediatrician. Gadirova’s mother wanted her to have a way for her and her sister to release their energy, so at six years old, they started gymnastics.


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