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Khammo wins bronze at the World Cup in Hungary
Yakiv Khammo (+100 kg) won bronze at the Judo World Championships from 6-12. June in Budapest, Hungary. In the third place match, Khammo won against Gela Zaalishvili from Georgia and in the run-up to that, Khammo won against Martti Puumalainen from Finland. Ukraine was represented by 13 athletes – nine men and four women. Anastasiia Turchyn, who qualified after finishing fifth in the tournament, will represent Ukraine at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo along with Khammo.
Serogina receives starting place for the Olympic Games in Tokyo
Anita Serogina (61kg) received an Olympic license and the chance to compete in the Tokyo Summer Olympics after finishing second in the Karate World Olympic Qualification Tournament in Paris from June 11th to 13th. In the quarterfinals Serogina, 31, won 4-1 against Haya Jumaa from Canada; and in the semifinals she tied 1-1 with Btissam Sadini of Morocco, resulting in a 2-0 win over Janessa Fonseca of Puerto Rico in a game of hope. In the round robin phase, the Ukrainian finished second with five points, two wins and one draw and finished the game 3-0 (2-0 against Claudymar Garces from Venezuela and 1-0 against Sabina Zakharova). Kazakhstan and 0-0 against Sadini). The tournament drew athletes from 21 national Olympic committees. Serogina won gold at the 2019 European Games in Minsk and was a silver medalist at the 2017 World Games in Wroclaw, Poland.
Ukraine wins several medals in World Cup series
Ihor Radivilov and Diana Varinska won gold and silver respectively at the FIG World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Osijek, Croatia, from June 10th to 13th. Radivilov won gold in the men’s vault and Varinska silver in the women’s balance beam. Ukraine won eleven medals at the World Cup series from June 3 to 6 in Cairo. Illia Kovtun won gold in the men’s floor exercise, pommel horse and horizontal bar and bronze medals in the men’s jump and parallel bars. Nazar Chpurnyi won gold in the men’s jump and bronze in the pommel horse, and Roman Vashchenko won bronze in the men’s rings. In the women’s category, Varinska won gold on the uneven bars and two silver medals in balance beam and floor gymnastics. In the competition from May 27th to 30th in Varna, Bulgaria, Ukraine won five medals (four gold and one silver medal). Kovtun won gold in the men’s pommel horse and bars, and Chepurnyi won gold in the vault; and Anastasiia Bachynska won gold on the women’s balance beam and Varinska won silver on the uneven bars. The World Cup series continues with competitions scheduled from September 2nd to 5th in Koper, Slovenia, and September 9th to 12th in Mersin, Turkey.
Malinovskyi wins WBO featherweight title
Featherweight Oleg Malinovskyi (27-0, 7 KO’s) won a 10-round competition by majority decision (97-93, 97-93, 95-95) against Nathanel Kakololo (11-2-1, 4 KO’s) on June Nigeria 12 in Ukraine. With the win, Malinovskyi was declared WBO Intercontinental Featherweight Champion (the title was vacant).
Medvedenko wins the EBU women’s title
Olena Medvedenko (63.5 kg) unanimously won the EBU European Championship against Djemilla Gontaruk (16-7-2, 2 KO) from Belgium on June 12th at the Stade de Football in Vise, Belgium. Judges rated the bout 97-93, 96-94, 98-92. Medvedenko (10-8, 3 KO) is the second European champion among professional boxers in the history of Ukraine, the first was Alina Shaternikova in 1999.
Paralympic swimmers win first place in Portugal
Ukraine won first place in the medal classification (93 medals – 33 gold, 32 silver and 28 bronze) and second place in the gold medal classification, Italy won 34 gold medals at the 2020 European Para Swimming Championships from 16-22 in Madeira, Portugal (the event has been postponed from 2020 to 2021). Maksym Krypak (S10, SM10) won seven medals: gold over 100 meters back, 100 meters butterfly, 100 meters freestyle, 200 meters individual layers, 400 meters freestyle and 50 meters freestyle; and silver in the 4 × 100 meter freestyle relay. Yelyzaveta Mereshko (S6, SB5, SM6) also won seven medals: gold over 100 meters chest, 100 meters freestyle, 200 meters medley and 50 meters freestyle; Silver in the 4 × 50-meter freestyle relay and in the 400-meter freestyle; and bronze over 100 meters back. Andrii Trusov (S7, SB6, SM7) also won seven medals: gold over 400 meters freestyle, 50 meters butterfly, 50 meters freestyle; Silver in the 100-meter freestyle and 4 × 100-meter freestyle relay; and bronze medals in the 100-meter back and 200-meter individual layers. Mykhailo Serbin (S11, SB11, SM11) also won seven medals: gold over 100 meters back, 200 meters individual layers and 400 meters freestyle; Silver over 100 meters freestyle; and bronze medals for 100 meters chest, 100 meters butterfly and 50 meters freestyle. Ukraine was represented by 41 athletes (29 men, 12 women).
Valeriy Sushkevych appeals to Paralympians
Valeriy Sushkevych, a member of the Verkhovna Rada and President of the National Sports Committee of Ukraine (National Paralympic Committee of Ukraine), shouted on the 16th 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games. Mr. Sushkevych stated: “100 days – that day until the highest sports forum, the XVI. Paralympic Games at the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo. It’s 2020 because, for the first time in the history of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the games have been postponed to 2021 in view of the pandemic. These Paralympics will be very difficult and unique because the pandemic dictates its own rules. Especially the preparations and the competition for the licenses to participate in the Paralympic Games are held with very confusing rules! But by that time, the Ukrainian Paralympists have already secured 108 licenses for 118 of the Ukrainian athletes who have the right to defend Ukraine’s athletic honor in Tokyo. Today, when the licenses are secured, five more licenses in athletics, seven in wheelchair fencing. Almost every week, Ukrainian teams go to different corners of the world to fight and win at high level world competitions, European championships, world championships and international qualifying games, in which our athletes fight for their right to participate in the Paralympic Games. Our plan is to secure 174 licenses and thus represent the Ukrainian national team with 207 Paralympians in Tokyo. I am pleased to announce that the level of performance in international competitions lays the foundation for optimism about Ukraine’s future Paralympic results. Recently, Ukraine won three gold, one silver and one bronze medals at the Paracanoe Championships and took first place in the team competition! 100 days – off to Tokyo! PS The European Swimming Championships begin today. Hope and Faith for Victory! “
Men’s and women’s teams in the group stage
The Ukrainian men’s team in Group 1 of the Euro Beach Soccer League 2021 will play against Germany on June 17th, Azerbaijan on June 18th and Portugal on June 19th (tournament host). The Ukrainian women’s team will make their debut in the Women’s Euro Beach Soccer League (June 17 to September 12) after a Group 1 draw: against Spain on June 17, Switzerland on June 18 and the Netherlands on June 19.