Konstantin Lisenkov, after winning the men’s 100-metre backstroke
Denis Tarasov and Konstantin Lisenkov, winners of the silver and gold in swimming
Darya Stukalova took bronze in women’s swimming
Svetlana Moshkovich, winner of the bronze in women’s cycling
The sixth day of the London Paralympics saw Team Russia win seven golds, two silvers, and four bronzes in a variety of disciplines. Swimmers Konstantin Lisenkov and Olga Savchenko, runners Yelena Pautova and Fyodor Trikolich, as well as shot-putter Aleksei Ashpatov grabbed gold medals. Silver medals went to swimmers Denis Tarasov and Alexander Nevolin-Svetov, whilst swimmers Alexander Golintovsky, Darya Stukalova and Olesya Vladykina, as well as archer Stepanida Artakhinova took the bronze. Right now, Russian athletes hold third position in the overall standings.
British police investigated an incident where someone fired a shot at the bus of the Russian Paralympic volleyball team. According to the police, it wasn’t a gunshot; someone threw a rock at the bus. Russian Paralympic team officials met with the British police. Vladimir Lukin, the President of Russian Paralympic Committee, said, “They offered apologies on behalf of the British authorities and said they’d do their best to effectively ensure the safety of the Russian team until the end of the games”.
After six days at the Paralympics, Team Russia has 63 medals under its belt, making it the biggest medal winner after China and the UK. In the gold medal count, it is neck-and-neck with the hosting country.
Day Six brought 13 medals… seven gold, two silver, and four bronze. The bronzes were in swimming and archery. Both silvers were in swimming, in the men’s 100-metre backstroke and the men’s 100-metre freestyle race. The winners were Denis Tarasov and Alexander Nevolin-Svetov, respectively. Both say their silver medals are good stimuli to win gold one day. Tarasov already won gold on Day Five. Of the seven gold medals, five were in track, and two in swimming. The swimmers are Konstantin Lisenkov, who bagged the top award in the men’s 100-metre backstroke, and Oksana Savchenko, who took gold in the women’s 100-metre freestyle event.
Oksana Savchenko spoke to VOR, saying, “My Spanish competitors were very strong, as were the girl from Poland and the girl from Azerbaijan. The latter struck me with her absolute serenity ahead of the race. Anyway, their presence was very stimulating”. Oksana’s gold is her third at the current Paralympics.
The track golds were in the men’s 400 metres, the women’s 1,500 metres, the men’s 100 metres, the women’s 4×100-m relay, and the men’s shot put. The shot-putter was Aleksei Ashpatov. His gold medal is his fourth in his Paralympic career, and it marked a new Paralympic shot-put record of 16.20 metres. He said, “This result is my best ever. I put it down to strong support from the terraces and I dedicate it to my girlfriend. We’re going to get married shortly”.
On Wednesday, Russian athletes won five gold, three silver, and three bronze medals at the Paralympic Games in London. The two “golds” were won by Russian swimmers, Oksana Savchenko, who won the women’s 100-metre backstroke and Aleksandr Nevolinsvetov, who won the analogous race in the men’s competition. Track n’ fielder Gocha Kugaev won in the long jump. Russian athletes also excelled in the 4man x100 meters men’s relay and in archery. “Silver” was won by Russian national team athletes Yegor Sharov and Nikol Rodomakina and swimmer Olesya Vladykina. Bronze medals were won by Vladimir Sviridov in the long jump, Dmitri Kokarev in the 50-metre backstroke, and Svetlana Moshkovich in cycling.
5/6 September 2012
Voice of Russia World Service