UKRAINE SMASHES BEIJING MEDALS TOTAL

08.09.12


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Khrystyna Yurchenko

Ukraine's paralympians have reached the amazing total of 83 medals, 9 more than they won in Beijing and are firmly anchored in 4th place in the medals table, at home with the best in the world.

Day 10 began with a silver medal from Viktoriya Kravchenko in the T37 400m, setting a new regional record.

In the evening's swimming finals, Khrystyna Yurchenko added the first gold in the SB9 100m breaststroke, breaking the European record she had set in the morning's heats! Oleksiy Fedyna added Ukraine's second gold in the men's SB13 100m breastroke, with a new Paralympic record time. Natalyia Prologayeva won her fourth medal of the games with a silver in the S5 100m freestyle, adding to her three previous golds. Viktor Smyrnov won his third medal of the games with a silver in the SM11 200m individual medley in a new European record time and Oleksandr Mashchenko made it bronze for Ukraine in the same race. Dmytro Vynohradets won silver in the S3 50m breaststroke while Yaryna Matlo won bronze in the SB12 100m breaststroke. Maksym Veraksa deserves a special mention: already a 3 gold medal winner, he was only able to win bronze in the SB12 100m breaststroke - but only 7/10ths of a second separated the first three swimmers in a thrilling race.

In other action, the Ukrainian men's team narrowly lost their bronze medal match against Spain, while the wheelchair fencing team lost to Russia to take 6th place.

Ukraine isn't going to achieve it's ambition of coming third in the medals table - but the team and the whole of Ukraine can be justifiably proud of their achievements.

And tomorrow, we still have the 7-a-side football final against Russia. A silver is guaranteed, but we're all positive that Ukraine's paralympian footballers can grab the final gold medal of London 2012!



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