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Another Successful Olympic Day for Russia
8.08.2012 11:17
Another Successful Olympic Day for Russia
Ivan Ukhov. Source: http://www.sportonline.ua/news/track-and-field-athletics/14026.html

On August 7, Russian synchronized swimmers Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina have justified the status of Olympic favorites by winning the duet gold at the London Games. Their flawless performance, called The Dolls, scored 197.100 points to beat second-placed Ona Carbonell Ballestero and Andrea Fuentes Fache of Spain by an unachievable 4.2 points. It’s the second Olympic gold for both girls, as they  triumphed in the team competition in Beijing 2008.

      Xuechen Huang and Ou Liu of China bagged the bronze with a score of 192.870 points.

      Water was favourable to the Russians that day. Russia’s Ilya Zakharov has pulled off the impossible by beating the Chinese divers in the men’s 3-meter springboard final.

      Being on the second place before his final attempt, Zakharov managed to make a perfect jump and got 104.50 points for his forward four and a half somersault. The Russian topped the podium with 555.90 points, while favorite two-time Olympic Qin Kai of China scored 541.75 points to settle for a disappointing silver. Another Chinese sportsman, He Chong, completed the podium gaining bronze.

      The Russia's tenth gold at the London Games was brought by Ivan Ukhov triumphing in the men’s high jump final. The 2.38-meter mark became golden for Ukhov, who entered the Games as one of the favorites. His main rival, American Erik Kynard, couldn’t cope with 2.40 meters and took the silver.

      Russian artistic gymnasts have ended their participation at the London Games with a bronze medal for Aliya Mustafina, who scored 14,900 points to finish third in the women’s floor exercises. It is her fourth medal at the Olympics, including one gold, one silver and one bronze. The gold went to Alexandra Raisman of the US, who was followed by Romania’s Catalina Ponor.

      Also on Tuesday, August 7, Rustam Totrov has claimed yet another Greco-Roman wrestling medal for Russia at the London Games, winning silver in the 96kg category. Totrov failed against Ghasem Rezaei of Iran in the final, going down by a 3-0 (2-0 1-0) score.

      Russia's weightlifter Ruslan Albegov settled for bronze in the over 105kg division,  after hitting 240kg in the clean and jerk but missing successive attempts at 245kg and 247kg.

      Two-time world champion Behdad Salimi of Iran took the gold by lifting 208kg in the snatch before going clear in the clean and jerk with a massive 247kg. Sajjad Anoushiravani, also of Iran, took the silver with a 245kg clean and jerk after an average snatch of 204kg.

      Now Russia is the fifth in the all countries medal count. See the general medal table.




Author: Julia Alieva

Tags: Olympics 2012 Olympic Games 2012 Russian athletes Russian gymnasts Russian sportsmen 

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