Lilia Igorevna Akhaimova (Russian: Лилия Игоревна Ахаимова, born March 17 in St Petersburg, Russia) is an elite Russian gymnast and 2020 Olympian. She's a member of the ROC's Olympic gold medal-winning team. She is 2017 Russian National Champion on floor exercise and 2018 European Champion with her team. She has a younger sister, Lyubov, who is also an elite gymnast.
Akhaimova began her senior career at the 2013 Russian Championships, where she placed fourth with her team and fourteenth in the all around. At the Russian Cup, she placed first with her team, tenth in the all around, fourth on vault, and seventh on floor exercise. She was chosen to compete at the Brasilia Gymnasiade, where she placed first with the Russian team.
In 2014, she placed ninth in the all around final at the Russian Championships, and fourth on the vault and floor exercise. At the Student Spartakiada, she won the floor exercise competition and placed second with her team. At the Russian Cup and Elite Gym Massilia, she received the silver medal in the team events.
In 2015, Akhaimova competed at the Russian Championships and Russian Cup, winning a bronze during the team event at the Russian Cup.
Akhaimova's first major competition of 2016 was the Russian Championships, where she placed fourth in the team competition and twelfth in the all around. At the Russian Cup, she received the gold medal in the floor exercise, as well placing eighth in the all around and uneven bars, seventh on the vault, and third with her team. She was named as a non-traveling alternate to the Russian 2016 Olympic Team. After the Olympics, she competed at the Toyota International, where she placed fifth on the uneven bars and seventh on the balance beam. In December, she competed at the Voronin Cup, where she received the gold medal on the vault, floor exercise, and in the team competition.
Akhaimova competed at the Russian Championships, placing third with her team, second on the vault, and first on the floor exercise. At the Osijek World Cup, she placed fifth on the vault and won the bronze medal on the floor. She was named to the Russian team for the Taipei Summer Universiade, where she won gold with her team, as well as winning bronze on the floor and silver on the vault. At the Cottbus World Cup, she placed second on the vault and first on the floor.
Akhaimova competed at the Russian Cup, winning the silver medal on the floor exercise. She was named to the Glasgow European Championships team, where the Russian team won the team gold medal. She also placed fifth in the vault final. She was also named to Russia's World Championships team, helping them to a team silver medal, which also qualified them a full team to the 2020 Olympics, and also placed seventh on floor exercise. After Doha, she competed at the Cottbus World Cup in November, placing sixth on vault. In December, she competed at the Toyota International in Japan, winning vault and balance beam silver and placing fifth on uneven bars and floor exercise.
Akhaimova competed at the Russian Championships in March, winning silver on floor exercise and bronze with her team. In July, she competed at the Universiade in Naples, Italy, winning team and vault silver, all-around bronze, and placing sixth on floor exercise after a fall. At the Russian Cup in August, she won gold on vault, bronze on floor exercise, and placed fourth in the all-around, and fifth on balance beam. In October, she competed at the World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, helping Russia win team silver. Individually, she placed seventh on vault, eighth on floor, and twenty-second in the all-around. In December, she competed at the Toyota International, winning gold on floor, silver on vault, and placed eighth on bars and eleventh on beam.
In 2020, Akhaimova was supposed to compete at the Friendship and Solidarity competition in Japan, but was replaced due to a positive Covid-19 test which forced her to quarantine and lose training time. This meant she also could not compete at Russian nationals. Other subsequent tests came back negative.
In 2021, Akhaimova returned to competition at the Russian Championships. Her St. Petersburg team finished fifth in the team final and she finished seventh in the individual all-around after several falls. She withdrew from event finals after suffering a minor ankle injury during the all-around, wanting to preserve her health ahead of the coming European Championships and Olympic selection. She returned to competition at the Russian Cup in June, winning gold on vault and bronze on floor, and placing fourth in the all-around, fifth on beam, and seventh on bars. She was named to the Russian team for the Olympics, as the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC). She was a contender for the main team, which was confirmed when the start list was released in late July.
Akhaimova competed in the second subdivision, starting on floor exercise. She qualified to the vault final and helped ROC qualify to the team final. They won team gold over the USA, and Akhaimova placed sixth in the vault final.
|Élite Gym Massilia||2nd||20|
|Osijek World Cup||5||3rd|
|Taipei Summer Universiade||1st||2nd||3rd|
|Cottbus World Cup||2nd||7||1st|
|Glasgow European Championships||1st||5|
|Doha World Championships||2nd||7|
|Cottbus World Cup||6|
|Naples Summer Universiade||2nd||3rd||2nd||6|
|Stuttgart World Championships||2nd||22||7||8|
|Tokyo Olympic Games||1st||6|
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