Ukrainian Team Brings Victory from Minsk
The European Games in Minsk have ended and the Ukrainian national team has returned home. With 51 medals in total, the team finished 3rd in the overall ranking. The athletes were treated to a warm welcome at Kyiv's Boryspil airport
On the last day of the tournament, the karate champion Anita Seriohina won her gold medal in the under 61 kilograms category.
“Frankly, I didn’t expect everything to go this way. I really wanted it and I was confident in my abilities. But when you finally achieve it, it’s hard to appreciate what just happened. I guess I’ll need some time to process this,” Seriohina said.
Boxer Oleksandr Khyzhniak was victorious in the under 75 kilograms category.
“Both the final and the semifinal — all the fights were difficult. Of course, I hoped for a win, I came out for that victory, but I can’t say that I knew I’d win. In this sport, it’s hard to predict the outcome of a fight until the last second, until the final bell in the last round,” Khyzhniak said.
By the number of gold medals, the Ukrainian boxing team was ranked number 1 among 50 European countries.
“Today our guys proved that we are the best boxers of the continent. And it’s a sign that we’re headed in the right direction. The main objective of our guys now is to prepare for the 2020 Olympics,” Ukrainian Boxing Federation President Volodymyr Prodvius said.
After some well-deserved rest, the athletes will begin training again — this time in preparation for the next big event — the Summer Olympic Games taking place in Tokyo in July next year.