Lilia Akhaimova – Wikipedia

Russian artistic gymnast

Liliya Akhaimova
Лилия Ахаимова
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Akhaimova in 2021

Full name Lilia Igorevna Akhaimova
Country represented  Russia
Born (1997-03-17) 17 March 1997 (age 25)
Vladivostok, Russia[1]
Hometown Saint Petersburg, Russia
Height 1.56 m (5 ft 1 in)
Discipline Women’s artistic gymnastics
Level Senior International Elite
Years on national team 2016–present (RUS)
Club Pushkin District Sports School of Olympic Reserve
Head coach(es) T.N. Yatchenko, L.V. Nedovesova, V.N. Govrichenkov

Lilia Igorevna Akhaimova (Russian: Лилия Игоревна Ахаимова, IPA: [ˈlʲilʲɪɪ̯ə ɐxɐˈiməvə], born 17 March 1997) is a Russian artistic gymnast. She represented the Russian Olympic Committee at the 2020 Summer Olympics and won a gold medal in the team event. She is a two-time World silver medalist with the Russian team (2018, 2019).

Personal life[edit]

Lilia Akhaimova was born on 17 March 1997 in Vladivostok, Russian Far East, but she has resided with her parents in Saint Petersburg since August 2012.[2] When she was five, her parents enrolled her in rhythmic gymnastics; when her coach advised her to go on probation, she chose artistic gymnastics.[3] Akhaimova’s younger sister, Lyubov also competed at the national level in artistic gymnastics.[3] Akhaimova is of Jewish background.[4]

Akhaimova studied sport and health at Lesgaft National State University of Physical Education in St. Petersburg.[3]

In 2021, she received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in the Russian Federation.[3]


In 2015 Akhaimova only competed at national competitions. At the Russian national championships she placed 15th in the all-around and at the Russian Cup she finished 7th. At the 2016 Russian national championships Akhaimova finished 12th.


Akhaimova competed at the 2017 Summer Universiade, earning team gold, as well as the silver on vault and bronze on floor.


On 20 July, Akhaimova was named to the Russian team to compete at the 2018 European Championships alongside Angelina Melnikova, Angelina Simakova, Irina Alexeeva, and Uliana Perebinosova.[5] They won gold in the team final and individually Akhaimova placed fifth on vault.[6]

On September 29, Akhaimova was named on the nominative team to compete at the 2018 World Championships in Doha, Qatar alongside Alexeeva, Melnikova, Aliya Mustafina, and Simakova.[7] On October 17, the Worlds team was officially announced and was unchanged from the nominative team.[8]

At Worlds, Akhaimova competed on vault and floor during the qualification rounds and was tasked with competing for the same two events during the team final. Despite crashing her Rudi vault in the final, Akhaimova rallied with a strong floor exercise to help Russia win the silver medal behind the United States and ahead of China.

Akhaimova also competed in the floor final, where she placed seventh.


In July Akhaimova competed at the 2019 Summer Universiade alongside Tatiana Nabieva and Perebinosova. In the team final, Akhaimova contributed scores on vault, beam, and floor, helping Russian win the silver behind Japan.[9] Individually Akhaimova won bronze in the all-around behind Hitomi Hatakeda of Japan and teammate Perebinosova.[10] The following day, she won the silver medal on vault, behind Marina Nekrasova of Azerbaijan and just ahead of teammate Nabieva.[11] Despite qualifying in first to the floor final, Akhaimova finished sixth in the final after counting a fall on her piked double Arabian. The Russians were the most decorated female artistic gymnastics team at the Universiade, winning eight medals. They were also the only team to win medals on every event.

In August Akhaimova competed at the Russian Cup. After two days of competition she finished fourth in the all-around competition, behind Vladislava Urazova, Angelina Melnikova, and Elena Gerasimova.[12] On the first day of event finals Akhaimova won gold on vault, finishing ahead of Melnikova. On the second day of event finals she won bronze on floor exercise, finishing behind junior competitors Urazova and Gerasimova. Shortly after the conclusion of the Russian Cup Akhaimova was named to the nominative team for the 2019 World Championships alongside Melnikova, Daria Spiridonova, Anastasia Agafonova, Angelina Simakova (later replaced by Maria Paseka),[13] and Aleksandra Shchekoldina.[14]

During qualifications she helped Russia qualify to the team final in third place behind the United States, and China. Individually she qualified to the all-around, vault, and floor exercise finals. Despite Valentina Rodionenko’s, the head coach of the Russian Women’s gymnastics team, low expectations for the team,[15] they won the silver medal in the team final with Akhaimova contributing scores on three apparatuses.[16] During the all-around final Akhaimova fell numerous times and finished 22nd in the competition.

In November Akhaimova competed at Elite Gym Massilia where she placed fourth in the all-around and second on vault, behind Jennifer Gadirova of Great Britain.[17]


In January it was announced that Akhaimova would represent Russia at the American Cup, taking place on March 7.[18] However, in late February Akhaimova and Nikita Nagornyy announced on Instagram that Russia withdrew from the upcoming competition due to the escalation of coronavirus worldwide.[19] In late September it was announced that Akhaimova would be competing at an upcoming competition in Hiroshima to take place in November alongside Angelina Melnikova, Elena Gerasimova, and Yana Vorona.[20] However she later withdrew due to a positive COVID-19 test.


Akhaimova competed at the Russian National Championships in March; however she withdrew from finals after sustaining a minor ankle injury.[21] She next competed at the Russian Cup in June. During the all-around final she finished fourth behind Viktoria Listunova, Vladislava Urazova, and Angelina Melnikova. Akhaimova placed first on vault and third on floor exercise.[22] Akhaimova was selected to represent the Russian Olympic Committee athletes at the 2020 Summer Olympics. However it was undecided whether she would join Melnikova, Listunova, and Urazova on the four-person or compete as an individual.[23] In July it was decided that Akhaimova would be a part of the team and Elena Gerasimova would compete as an individual alongside Anastasia Ilyankova.

At the Olympic Games Akhaimova qualified to the vault event final. Additionally she helped the Russian Olympic Committee qualify to the team final in a surprise first place, ahead of the United States team. During the team final Akhaimova only competed on vault. After the first rotation American team leader Simone Biles withdrew. Although Melnikova and Urazova fell off the balance beam, the Russian team performed well on all other routines and finished in first place, over three points ahead of the second place American team.[24]

Competitive history[edit]


International scores[edit]

Year Competition Description Location Apparatus Rank-Final Score-Final Rank-Qualifying Score-Qualifying
2018 European Championships Glasgow Team 1 165.195 2 161.462
Vault 5 14.066 4 14.016
Floor Exercise 60 11.733
World Championships Doha Team 2 162.863 2 165.497
Vault 9 14.099
Floor Exercise 7 13.366 8 13.600

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Burack, Emily “Jewish vaulter Lilia Akhaimova helps Russia to Gymastics gold in Tokyo” The Forward (July 27, 2021)
  2. ^ “Лилия Ахаимова из Владивостока стала серебряным призером чемпионата мира по спортивной гимнастике”. Novosti 13 October 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d “Artistic Gymnastics AKHAIMOVA Liliia”. Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Retrieved 2021-07-28.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ “Jewish vaulter Lilia Akhaimova helps Russia to gymnastics gold medal in Tokyo”. The Times of Israel. 27 July 2021.
  5. ^ “Viktoria Komova wont be on the Russian team for Euros”. Gymnovosti. 20 July 2018.
  6. ^ “Gymnastics: Melnikova inspires Russia’s European team triumph”. Reuters. 4 August 2018.
  7. ^ “Мустафина и Белявский вошли в заявку сборной России на ЧМ по спортивной гимнастике в Дохе”. TASS (in Russian). September 28, 2018.
  8. ^ “Russian Teams for Worlds Announced”. Gymnovosti. October 17, 2018.
  9. ^ “2019 Summer Universiade Live Blog – Women’s Team Final”. The Gymternet. July 5, 2019.
  10. ^ “2019 Summer Universiade Live Blog – Women’s All-Around Final”. The Gymternet. July 6, 2019.
  11. ^ “Гимнастка Ахаимова стала второй в опорном прыжке на Универсиаде”. TASS (in Russian). July 7, 2019.
  12. ^ “Vladislava Urazova wins AA gold at the Russian Cup”. Gymnovosti. August 25, 2019.
  13. ^ “Гимнастка Пасека заменит травмированную Симакову в составе сборной России на ЧМ”. TASS (in Russian). September 24, 2019.
  14. ^ “Назван состав сборной России по спортивной гимнастике на ЧМ в Штутгарте”. ru sport (in Russian). August 27, 2019.
  15. ^ “Родионенко не ожидает высоких результатов от россиянок на ЧМ по спортивной гимнастике”. TASS (in Russian). October 3, 2019.
  16. ^ “US women top Russia, Italy to win team title at Stuttgart Worlds”. International Gymnastics Federation. October 8, 2019.
  17. ^ “2019 Elite Gym Massilia Results”. The Gymternet. November 25, 2019.
  18. ^ “World, Olympic champions headline field for 2020 American Cup”. USA Gymnastics. January 23, 2020.
  19. ^ “Russian Gymnasts Will Miss American Cup Due To Coronavirus Fears”. Gymnovosti. February 28, 2020.
  20. ^ “Гимнасты Нагорный, Далалоян и Мельникова выступят за сборную России на турнире в Японии”. TASS (in Russian). September 28, 2020.
  21. ^ “ЧЕМПИОНАТ РОССИИ СРЕДИ МУЖЧИН И ЖЕНЩИН ПО СПОРТИВНОЙ ГИМНАСТИКЕ (№ ЕКП 31632)”. Федерация спортивной гимнастики России (in Russian). March 12, 2021.
  22. ^ “Viktoria Listunova, Nikita Nagornyy win Russian Cup titles”. International Olympic Committee. June 10, 2021.
  23. ^ “Rodionenko Announced Candidates For Individual Olympic Spots”. Gymnovosti. June 13, 2021.
  24. ^ “With Simone Biles out, Russia wins women’s gymnastics team gold in Tokyo”. Yahoo! Sports. July 27, 2021.

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