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Monday, 18 August 2008

Russia Set To Fight for A Place amongst the Top Three at the Beijing Olympics

Filed under: China,Olympics,Russian,sport — 01varvara @ 00.00

Gennady Shvets, Russian National Olympic Committee member

“The Russian team is set to continue to fight for a place among the top three at the Beijing Olympics”, said Gennady Shvets, a spokesman for the Russian National Olympic Committee in an exclusive interview with Voice of Russia.After nine days of competitions, Olympic awards went to 63 countries and territories. For Russia, the most fruitful day was Sunday, when it won ten awards, including two gold. For the first time in Olympic history, it has enabled Moscow to rank third after China and the US in the total number of medals. In addition, Russia entered a competition for third place in the unofficial team scoring with Britain, Germany, Austria, South Korea, and Japan, which, along with China and the US, are pushing Russia to the eighth place in the number of gold medals”.

Mr Shvets went to say, “Yesterday’s golds earned by Yelena Dementieva in tennis and Gulnara Galkina-Samitova in the 3,000-metre steeplechase with a new world record sent spirits soaring amongst the Russian athletes. Next on the schedule are wrestling, boxing, and track and field finals where we have good chances to win more medals. Getting underway are gymnastics, synchronised swimming, and open-water events, in which Russia has good chances to add yet more medals to its Olympic collection. Despite a number of failures at the start, the Russian team is well-equipped to enter the struggle for the third place in total team scoring”.

Asian athletes are demonstrating an increasingly successful performance, having grabbed more awards in Beijing than in Sydney or in Athens. The number of countries of Asia setting their first Olympic records now in Beijing has increased. As the Games began, the biggest number of awards was collected by China, as expected. Mr Shvets said, “These Games are special, because the host country, China, is very dominant in the standings. A host country always shows a remarkably good performance, but, this year’s breakthrough is totally unprecedented. Maybe, the Chinese follow a particular medicine or pharmacology. The entire sports system in China is functioning to good effect with both ultra-modern sports facilities and media advertising working for victory. Yet another reason for China’s success is their successful use of Soviet experience in centralised training of athletes at sports camps and at sports centres”.

18 August 2008

Konstantin Garibov

Voice of Russia World Service



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