Guryeva, 21, gained silver for Turkmenistan at this summer time’s Video games in Tokyo within the ladies’s 59 kg weightlifting competitors. It was the ex-Soviet nation’s solely medal on the Video games and the primary in its historical past.
Turkmen shooter Marat Niyazov beforehand gained a silver medal representing the Soviet Union on the 1960 Video games in Rome.
The celebrations of Guryeva’s victory have been led by Honoured Coach of Turkmenistan, Serdar Berdymukhamedov, the 39-year-old son of the nation’s hardline chief Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov.
On the ceremony in Ashgabat, the youthful Berdymukhamedov handed Guryeva, who’s ethnic Russian, three white-lacquered wood containers.
One contained keys to a three-room condominium within the capital metropolis, the second held keys to a white Lexus SUV and the third $50,000 in money.
“I cordially congratulate you on this vital occasion, testifying to the expansion of the authority of impartial Turkmenistan within the worldwide sporting area,” Berdymukhamedov advised Guryeva.
He stated her victory “elevated the world fame, status and authority of the sovereign homeland and the Turkmen folks.”
“I dedicate this medal to our president and the Turkmen folks in honour of the thirtieth anniversary of the independence of Turkmenistan,” Guryeva stated.
Turkmenistan, a gas-rich nation of round six million folks well-known for its outlandish shows, gained independence from former grasp Moscow in 1991.
The secretive nation is frequently cited by rights teams as one of many world’s worst abusers of civic, non secular and press freedoms.
The youthful Berdymukhamedov has acquired quite a few promotions this 12 months making him the second strongest determine within the nation after his father and fuelling hypothesis he’ll finally substitute the elder as chief of the autocratic nation.