Turkmenistan lauds its first Olympic medalist

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ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) — Turkmenistan has lauded its archetypal Olympic medal victor astatine a lavish ceremonial wherever the weightlifter was showered with gifts. The 21-year-old Polina Guryeva lifted a full 217 kilograms successful the 59-kilogram class astatine the Tokyo Games. It was the archetypal Olympic medal for the gas-rich Central Asian state since it won independency successful the 1991 illness of the Soviet Union. Turkmenistan’s authoritarian president, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, has presented Guryeva with an apartment, a luxury sports inferior conveyance and $50,000 successful cash. Berdymukhamedov’s son, Serdar, was precocious promoted to lawman premier curate and helium handed implicit the gifts to Guryeva during Saturday’s ceremonial successful the superior of Ashgabat

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