Voices from Russia

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Team Russia Wrapping Up the Paralympics With More Wins

Aleksei Kuznetsov, won silver in the men’s javelin throw

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Russian Aleksei Kuznetsov won Paralympic silver by throwing the javelin to 27.87 metres. The gold in the javelin throw went to Mexican Luis Alberto Zepeda Félix and the bronze to Greek Manolis Stephanudakis.

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Russian Pavel Poltavets won Paralympic gold in the class SB9 men’s 100-metre breaststroke. He set a new world record of 1:04.2. The silver went to South African Kevin Paul, and the bronze to China’s Lin Furong. Their results were 1:05.7 and 1:07.4, respectively.

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Russian Yelena Ivanova won a gold medal at the London Paralympic Games in the women’s 100-metre race, finishing the distance in 14.44 seconds. Korean Ming Chzhey Jeong came in second with 14.70 and German Claudia Nikoletzik third with a time of 14.88. Earlier, Ivanova won the women’s 200-metre race and helped the Russian team win a gold medal in the 4-person 100-metre relay race

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On the penultimate day of the London Paralympic Games, Russian athletes won three gold medals. Athlete Yelena Ivanova was first in the women’s 100-metre sprint. Swimmer Mikhail Zimin won the gold in the men’s 100-metre breaststroke. Pavel Poltavets also won the 100-metre breaststroke, but in a different category; both of the swimmers set new world records. Swimmer Roman Dubovoi, javelin thrower Aleksei Kuznetsov, and sprinter Fyodor Trikolich won silver medals. Yvgeniya Trushnikova and Roman Kapranov won bronze medals in track. The Russian national team is currently second overall, ahead of the British team. Russia won 35 gold medals, Britain has 33, and the Chinese took 94.

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On Sunday, the 2012 London Paralympic Games are to wrap up, with a closing ceremony scheduled for later in the day. The main theme will be the Festival of Flame, organisers said without elaborating. On the last day of the games, 64 sets of medals will be in contention. At present, Team Russia holds second place, with a total of 101 medals.

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On Sunday, Russia will face the Ukraine in the football final in the 7х7 format at the 2012 London Paralympics. In the semifinals held earlier this week, the Ukraine beat Iran 2-1, whilst Russia got the better of Brazil 3-1. During the Paralympic football final in Beijing in 2008, Russia yielded to the Ukraine 2-1.

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The Festival of Flame will be the main theme of the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Paralympic Games on Sunday, organisers said without elaborating. British rock band Coldplay will be at the heart of the Sunday performance, which will include the raising of the Union Flag by British veterans. Festivities dedicated to the last day of the Paralympics in central London shall occur later in the day.

8/9 September 2012

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_09_08/Russia-wins-Patalympic-javelin-silver/

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_09_08/Russia-wins-Paralympic-swimming-gold/

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_09_09/Russias-Ivanova-wins-gold/

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_09_09/35-gold-for-Russia-in-London/

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_09_09/2012-Paralympic-Games-come-to-close/

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_09_09/Russia-to-face-Ukraine-in-Paralympic-football-final/

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_09_09/Paralympics-closing-ceremony-to-see-Festival-of-Flame/

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