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Olympic Ups and Downs
7.08.2012 17:35
Olympic Ups and Downs
Aliya Mustafina Source:

Russian wrestlers never stop to amaze Russian fans and the whole world. On Monday, August 6, a Greco-Roman fighter Alan Khugaev brought Russia another gold, winning in the 84kg category. In the final, Khugaev faced Egyptian veteran Karam Mohamed Gaber Ebrahim, who came out of retirement to take part in the Games.

      In a cautious match, the 23-year-old Russian collected a 3-0 (1-0 2-0) win against the 2004 Olympic champion. The bronze medals were shared between Danyal Gajiyev of Kazakhstan and Poland’s Damian Janikowski.

      The same day, another Russia's wrestler, Zaur Kuramagomedov, advanced from the repechage to top Hasan Aliyev of Azerbaijan for bronze in the 60kg category. It is the fourth Olympic medal Russian Greco-Roman wrestlers brought the country at these Games (two golds and two bronze).

      Also on Monday, the Russia's long wait for the gold in gymnastics was ended with Aliya Mustafina to top the podium on the uneven bars. The Russian 17-year-old athlete scored 16,133 to overcome Beijing 2008 champion, Kexin He of China (15,933).

      The bronze went to home favorite Elizabeth Tweddle of Great Britain, who scored 15,916 points.

      It's Mustafina's third medal at the London Games as she also has silver in team competition and bronze in the individual all-around.

      But that was not the last medal in the gymnastics on August 6. Russian Denis Ablyazin grabbed the silver in the vault, finishing behind Hak Seon Yang of South Korea. Ablyazin has already got a bronze in the floor exercises on Sunday.

      On the whole, Russian gymnasts brought Russia 7 medals (1 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze) in London. 

      Good news for the Russians also came from a race track on Monday. Yulia Zaripova won Russia’s first athletics gold in London in the women’s 3000-meter steeplechase. Zaripova led from start to finish to triumph with a result of 9 minutes and 6.72 seconds - her personal best and the third-fastest time in history.

      Tunisia's Habiba Ghribi, the world silver medalist, posted a national record of 9:08.37 for silver, with Ethiopia's Sofia Assefa claiming the bronze in 9:09.84.

      Another athletics medal came through Evgenia Kolodko, who was third in the women’s shot put. The 22-year-old was fifth before her final attempt, and a throw of 20.48 meters moved her to bronze. Nadzeya Ostapchuk of Belarus won the event with the result of 21.3 6 meters.

      However, that Olympic day for Russia was marked with not only triumphs but also with dissapointment. Russia's main proud and hope, pole vault queen Yelena Isinbayeva has failed to defend her old from Beijing 2008, settling only for a bronze medal.

      The competition took place in very bad conditions, with rain and strong, swirling winds. Isinbayeva surprised the crowd by messing up her first attempt at the 4.55-meter mark. Then she managed to take 4.70 meters, but that was all she could achieve on the night.

      Both attempts at 4.75 and 4.80 meters were fruitless, with the Russian leaving Jennifer Suhr of the US and Cuba’s Yarisley Silva to battle for gold. Suhr and Silva stopped at 7.75 meters, but the gold went to the American, who required fewer attempts to achieve it.

      Earlier Yelena planned to quit the sport after the World Championship in 2013, but now she is going to compete in Rio 2016.

Author: Julia Alieva

Tags: Olympics 2012 Olympic Games 2012 Yelena Isinbayeva Aliya Mustafina Russian athletes 

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