MORE MEDALS FOR UKRAINIAN PARALYMPIC TEAM

03.09.12


Holivets
Andriy Holivets

The Ukrainian Paralympic team added 9 more medals to its tally today to bring their total up to 42, but slipped to 5th in the medals table.

The controversy over Maria Pomazan's discus gold medal continues. After an unprecendented decision to compensate for the scoring error by awarding two gold and two bronze medals, the International Olympic Committee again changed their mind and asked for the gold medal back. Maria was so upset by the decision that she did not attend the rearranged medals ceremony.

Today's medal tally included two more golds, for Andriy Holivets in the shot put (new European record) and swimmer Maksym Veraksa in the 200m individual medley. In an interview with BBC Ukrainian, Andriy Holivets said that he was delighted with his win, was looking forward to seeing more of London, but that he missed ukrainian 'salo'!

Ukraine's first table tennis silver came from Antonina Khodzynska, with two table tennis bronzes added by Yuliya Klymenko and Viktoria Safonova. Oleksiy Pashkov added a silver in the men's F35/36 discus, and swimmers Olha Sviderska and Yana Berezhna won silvers in the S3 100m freestyle and 100m breaststroke respectively. Ukraine's 9th medal was a bronze from Oleksandr Mashchenko in the 100m breaststroke.

Ukraine now has 15 golds, 12 silvers and 15 bronzes - a fantastic achievement.

In other action, the 7-a-side footballers continued their winning streak with a convincing 7-1 win over GB, as did the women's sitting volleyball team, who beat Japan 3 sets to nil. Both teams look certain to progress into the knock-out stages of both competitions - and look unstoppable!



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