World champion Jessica Gadirova: ‘The possibilities to improve are endless’
Written by John Crumlish for International Gymnast Online
Thursday, December 1, 2022
A month into her reign as world floor exercise champion, British gymnast Jessica Gadirova is already preparing for future feats on all four apparatuses.
The 18-year-old Gadirova’s complete set of medals at the World Championships held October 29-November 6 in Liverpool — floor exercise gold, team silver and all-around bronze — continued to reflect her versatility and stamina.
Last year she earned gold on floor exercise, silver on vault and bronze in the all-around at the European Championships in Basel; and she won team bronze, and placed 10th all-around and sixth on floor exercise, at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. This summer Gadirova took gold on floor exercise and finished fifth on vault at the Europeans in Munich.
Gadirova, who last week won The Sunday Times’ (Great Britain) Young Sportswoman of the Year award, shares her thoughts on Worlds and her plans for future success in this International Gymnast Online chat.
IGO: How do you compare the effort and levels of satisfaction for your floor exercise gold and all-around bronze in Liverpool? If you are prouder of one of the medals or feel that one of them was harder fought, why is that?
JG: Both medals were just as tough to win as one another, and I had to put in a great performance to win each. If I hadn’t put together one of my best performances, I wouldn’t have won either. However, I do feel the all-around test was harder, just with having to maintain that level competing cleanly over four pieces.
IGO: You had the highest difficulty and execution scores in the floor final in Liverpool, but what plans do you have to increase one or both of those scores? How much more difficulty and better execution do you think you can achieve on floor?
JG: Regardless of the apparatus I know I need to keep working hard and keep improving. I think the possibilities to improve are endless. I’ll be focusing really hard on the execution and the performance aspect as always, alongside increases to my difficulty where I can.
IGO: Looking ahead to 2023 and based on what you saw from your competitors in Liverpool, what overall tweaks and improvements do you foresee for yourself, so you can maintain your #1 ranking on floor and perhaps move up a step on two in the all-around?
JG: Going into 2023 I do want to improve my bars, getting my execution better and improving the overall score. Also hopefully an upgraded vault whilst keeping on producing good performances on beam and floor.
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