8 MAJOR achievements of Russian athletes at Tokyo 2020Vika
A gold medal three months after the injury, the first all-around medal in 30 years, new world records - and this is not all that the athletes of the Russian national team were capable of at the postponed Summer Olympics in 2020.
1. The first seven-time Olympic champion in the history of synchronized swimming.
31-year-old Svetlana Romashina, mother of a three-year-old daughter and 21-time world champion in synchronized swimming, broke her own record and world record on August 4, 2021, and with it won Olympic gold for the seventh time. - the first synchronized interpreter in Olympic history to achieve this.
2. The first absolute swimming champion in Soviet / Russian history.
Evgeny Rylov, 24, from the Orenburg Region, won two medals in swimming 100 and 200 meters backstroke. For Russia, this is the first Olympic gold in this sport in 25 years. Rylov also set an Olympic record, swimming 200 meters backstroke in 1: 53.27 minutes.
3. The first-ever victory of Russian gymnasts in the all-around.
Russian gymnasts have previously won the all-around in 1992. But then the gold medal was won by the United Team, which included athletes from the former Soviet republics. 29 years later, in 2021, Russian athletes managed to take gold for the first time. The team included Victoria Listunova, Lilya Ahaimova, Angelina Melnikova and Vladislav Urazova.
4. The first victory of Russian gymnasts in 25 years.
The long-awaited victory in the men's team all-around in artistic gymnastics was achieved with a group that included Nikita Nagorny, Artur Dalaloyan, David Belyavsky, Denis Ablyazin, Alexander Kartsev, and Vladislav Polyashov. It was especially hard for 25-year-old Artur Dalonyan, who tore his Achilles tendon three months before the start of the Olympics.
5. Olympic pistol shooting record.
24-year-old Vitalina Batsarashkina, a cheerful shooter with a "cat school medallion" from the universe of the Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski and the Witcher series of games, has set another Olympic record in Russia.
6. Silver medal in men's singles tennis.
Yes, the silver medal in tennis is also an important achievement for Russia, because Russian tennis players have not reached the final of the Olympic tournament since 2000. Then Evgeny Kafelnikov won the first and only gold medal for Russia in history. Olympics, defeating Tommy Haas from Germany. Karen Khachanov, a 25-year-old tennis player from Moscow, won the silver medal of the national team. He lost to a German athlete of Russian origin Alexander Zverev in two sets in a row with a score of 6: 3, 6: 1.
7. The first Russian medal in archery.
Elena Osipova, a 28-year-old archer from the Kamchatka Territory, won another important silver medal for Russia. This is the first medal of the Russian Olympic team in 29 years in the individual archery competition among women. According to Osipova, she also had a chance to win gold, but in the final, she lost to Korean An San.
8. The first and only Olympic gold in Russia in athletics at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
It was brought by the 28-year-old high jumper from Kabardino-Balkaria Maria Lasitskene, the three-time world champion who was supposed to win a medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, but she and other athletes were banned due to a doping scandal. In 2019, for the same reason, the athlete was not allowed to participate in the Glasgow tournament even under a neutral flag.