Russian canoer Ilya Medvedev has won the golden medal in the third round of the World Cup in rowing and canoeing, which has finished in Moscow.
He covered 5 kms in 20 minutes 18.879 seconds.
Yost Zakrajsek from Slovenia came second, lagging 4.893 seconds behind Medvedev.
The third place was won by German Yohan Keizer, whose result was 20 minutes 38.745 seconds.
The Russian girls’ team won Europe’s championship in rhythmic gymnastics, which has finished in the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod.
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Russian pole vault world record holder Yelena Isinbayeva would have quit the sport if the coach she calls her "second father" hadn't taken her back last year, she has told RIA Novosti.
Isinbayeva set a new indoor world record of 5 metres 1 centimeter in Stockholm last month, almost a year after returning to her childhood coach Evgeny Trofimov.
Isinbayeva dropped Trofimov in 2005, but went to her home city of Volgograd to seek his forgiveness in March 2011, and says she would have quit the sport if he refused to take her back.
"I understood: either him or no-one. With that thought I went to Volgograd: either Evgeny Vasilevich [Tromifov] or the end of my career," she said in an exclusive interview with RIA Novosti this week.
"And, thank God, my career continues."
Trofimov encouraged a 15-year-old Isinbayeva to try pole vaulting in 1997 after she failed as a gymnast. He developed her prodigious talent, training her until 2005, when she dropped him in favor of working with former men's world record holder Sergey Bubka.
Isinbayeva was far ahead of the competition between 2003 and 2009, when she set 27 world records, but her form tailed off in 2010 and she took a break from the sport.
This led to an epiphany when she realized she was missing Trofimov, she said.
"I understood that something wasn't right when I started to lose. I started to delve into myself. And that's how I realized that the problem was something different, and that only Evgeny Vasilevich could raise me to a new level."
She chose to meet Trofimov on a day when Orthodox Christians ask forgiveness for their sins, she said.
"We met. The conversation was straightforward. It was like the return of the prodigal daughter; I left, wandered and returned."
She added: "He's like a father to me. A second father. And parents forgive their children."
Trofimov said that their first meeting was extremely emotional.
"That moment was very difficult, even dramatic. Then, on March 8, she returned to our home with her parents and we finally decided to work together again."
"At the first training session, there was a feeling that she had never actually left. Exactly that feeling at the training session, respect for the coach," he said.
"It was as if everything was washed away, as if nothing had happened, and I continued to work with her like that."
Isinbayeva and Trofimov have an exceptionally close bond, she said.
"We work without any snags. In full understanding, in complete mutual respect. He's a professional, he's a great coach and I'm happy to do what he tells me."
"Sometimes we don't even need to speak. I understand him from syllables, from brief looks."
Isinbaeyeva will seek her third Olympic gold medal in succession in London this summer, and is also a double world outdoor championship and three-time world indoor champion.
It will consist of 440-450 sportsmen and sportswomen who will compete for 307 sets of medals in 37 disciplines.
According to Mutko, Britain, the U.S and China are the main rivals of the Russian team.
Russia won 23 gold medals at the 2008 Olympic in Beijing after China and the U.S.
The London Olympics will be held from the 27th of July to the 12th of August.
With 8 points out of 8 available, Russia’s Valentina Gunina is leading the pack in the chess blitz event at the world championships, now under way in Georgia. Gunina is trailed by colleagues from Ukraine, Slovenia and Georgia, with 6 points each.
On the competition’s closing day on Tuesday the participants are to play seven more tours.
With 6.96 m achieved in the first attempt, Russian long jumper Olga Kucherenko has come out on top of the fifth leg of the Diamond League tournament now under way in Oslo, Norway.
Olga was trailed by fellow Russian Yelena Sokolova with 6.89 m, with Janay Deloach of the US in third place 6.78 m. Deloach leads the pack in the overall medal count, trailed by Kucherenko with Sokolova placed fourth.
The next stage of the Diamond League tournament kick off in New York on Saturday.
Russia’s Andrei Grechin won gold at the end stage of the Mare Nostrum swimming tournament in Monte Carlo.
Grechin logged 50 m free style in 22.23 sec., 0.09 sec. ahead of French Olympic champion Alain Bernard.
Nikita Konovalov, also of Russia, finished second in the butterfly race behind Spain’s Rafael Munos.
Russia’s Alexei Yakimenko has won the Europe’s Sabre Fencing Championship in Italy.
In the finals he defeated France Bolade Apithy 15:11.
Yakimenko is a five time world champion and bronze medalist of the Olympics.
Another D'Artagnan: Russian Alexey Cheremisinov has become the European champion in fencing.
On Saturday in the final match held in the Italian city of Legnano, he was stronger than the German Benjamin Klaybrinka who won silver.
Bronze went to Richard Cruz from Great Britain who beat Michael Majewski of Poland.
Russian saber fencers beat Romanian rivals 45-42 in a team event at the 2012 European Fencing Championship currently under way in Legnano, Italy.
Getting the better of their rivals were Alexei Yakimenko, Veniamin Reshetnikov, Nikolai Kovalev and Pavel Bykov.
Third place went to Germany’s national team.
The Russian women’s sabre-fencing team has won the European Championship in the team competition. In the final match the Russian national team comprising Sophia Velikaya, Yulia Gavrilova, Ekaterina Dyachenko and Diana Galiakbarova defeated team Ukraine with a score of 45:37.
The bronze medals went to the Italian team that defeated the Polish girls in the match for third place with a score 45:39.
They won 11 medals, 7–gold, 1-silver and 3-bronze at the European championship that ended in Italy. The fencers contested for 12 sets of medals.
The Russian team showed fantastic results. For one, men won all gold medals in the individual events. Alexei Chermisinov was the best in rapier. Pavel Sukhov won the gold in epee fencing. The leader of the Russian team, 28-year-old saber fencer Alexei Yakimenko won two gold medals in individual and team count and became the 10-time champion of Europe.
Russia’s female fencers won gold medals in saber and epee fencing. All the Russian female rapiers got on the podium. However, no one should overestimate this success, says main coach of the Russian fencers’ team Vladislav Pavlovich.
“For us, the most important event is the Olympics. This was the final start that allowed us to study the candidates for the Olympic team and estimate the fitness of the athletes,” Vladislav Pavlovich said.
After the European championship Russian fencers gathered to follow a rehabilitation course. Afterwards they will start final trainings at a base near Moscow. A little more than a month is left before the Olympic Games. http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_06_21/78854188/
Emelianenko made this announcement following his bout against Pedro Rizzo of Brazil in which he defeated his opponent right in the first round capping the program of the M-1 Global tournament as it came to a close in St.Petersburg.
The spectacular victory over the Brazilian became the 35th in the Russian heavyweight’s sports career.
Known as the Last Emperor, Emelianenko remained undefeated for 9 years.
Their victory gave them the right to compete in the London Olympics.
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Kseniya Perova, Inna Stepanova and Kristina Timofeyeva grabbed gold after beating their Mexican rivals in the finals earlier in the day. Previously, Russians got the better of their rivals from Turkey, Belarus and Germany.
Timofeyeva also claimed gold in the individual event.
Another Russian celebraty: Pavel Bure. Maria even met him in Moscow.
Maria Sharapova and hockey player Pavel Bure at a party in Sharapova's honor at the Ararat Park Hyatt hotel in Moscow.
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The famous Russian puckster Pavel Bure has been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, along with strikers Joe Sakic, Mats Sundin and newly hired Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates.
Bure played 12 seasons with the Vancouver Canucks, Florida Panthers and New York Rangers and had 779 points in 702 games.
In London, athletes will compete for 302 sets of medals in 37 sporting events. Russia has been granted a license to participate in 34 of these events. Its team will consist of about 450 athletes. The final size and composition of the Russian Olympics team will be approved on the 11th of July. According to Russian Minister of Sports and Youth Policy Vitaly Mutko, Russia anticipates winning between 20 and 30 gold medals.
“As usual, we are pinning our hopes on the traditional sports: boxing, rhythmic gymnastics, synchronized swimming. We also have a good diving team. The average age of out athletes is 26 years. The team includes about fifty sportsmen who hold the title of “Merited Master of Sport”. Consequently, we hope that Russian athletes will be competing for the top three places,” Vitaly Mutko said.
According to the Minister, due to reasons beyond our control, Russian athletes will find difficult to compete against the Games’ favourites, U.S. and Chinese teams. However, sport tends to be unpredictable. In many respects, the success of athletes will depend on their determination, luck and of course their professionalism, says Vitaly Mutko.
“We have a very good women’s water polo team, and our handball team is also very strong. We have one of the best basketball and volleyball teams. That’s, on the whole, I hope that our athletes will do really well,” Vitaly Mutko added.
Russians are also pinning hopes on their Paralympic team, says Mutko.
“I must say that our Paralympic team looks great. In total, 182 athletes will take part in the London Paralympics Games, that’s almost twice the number of sportsmen who took part in Beijing Games. But this is not the main point. The main goal of our Paralympic team will be to promote the development of sports for people with disabilities,” Vitaly Mutko said.
According to the Minister, Russia’s Paralympic team will compete in 12 out of 20 sporting events in the Games’ programme. In the future, Russia plans to increase the number of athletes in its Paralympic team. This will become possible thanks to the creation of a network of sport centres for people with disabilities. The first multi-purpose sporting complex for people with special needs, the Oka”, which meets all the international standards, has already been opened its doors to the public.
She covered the distance in 15 minutes and 11,70 seconds, bringing the first gold medal to her national team.
Pole vault world record holder Yelena Isinbayeva has said she is 90 percent ready to compete at the Olympics next month after rediscovering her love for the sport.
Isinbayeva set a new indoor world record of 5 meters 1 centimeter in Stockholm in February, her first record since 2009 following a spell marked by injury and disappointing results.
“At the moment, I’m 90 percent ready,” she said, adding that she still had to “make some corrections”.
“I’m confident that I’ll have enough time to prepare.”
The Russian’s charge to retain her 2008 Olympic title follows a time in which she fell out of love with pole vaulting for a while, Isinbayeva said.
“I really had some problems with motivation some time ago. But then I realized how many great things I’ve done and still can do.”
“Now I take pleasure from training. I train twice a day. I run, I jump, I do gymnastics.”
Isinbayeva is focusing the full force of her new-found self-belief on winning the gold medal in London, she said.
“It’s my main aim. I’ll do everything possible and impossible to win.”
Her challengers for the pole vault title include Britain’s Holly Bleasdale, who secured her place at the Olympics on Sunday.
Isinbayeva has said previously she will retire in 2013 after Moscow hosts the athletics world championships.
Her world outdoor record stands at 5 meters 6 centimeters, set in 2009.
In the 800 meter event the gold went to fellow Russian Yuri Borzakonsky, who covered the distance in 1 min 48.61 sec.
Irina Tarasova, also of Russia, was second in the shot put event with 18 m 19 cm.
Russian judoka Mansur Isaev took Olympic gold in the men's 73 kilogram category, beating Japan's Riki Nakaya by yuko in the final on Monday.
Of Russia's two gold medals so far, both have come in judo, after Arsen Galstyan won the 60 kilogram category Saturday.
The bronze medals went to Nyam-Ochir Sainjargal from Mongolia, who beat Dutch judoka Dex Elmont by yuko, while the French Ugo Legrand took the second bronze with an overtime win against South Korea's Ki-Chun Wang by waza-ari.
In the women's 57 kilogram category, Kaori Matsumoto from Japan won gold after beating Romanian's Corina Caprioriu, who was disqualified for using an unsafe hold.
France's Pavia Automne took the bronze after beating her Hungarian opponent Hedvig Karakas by yuko.
American judoka Marti Malloy took the second bronze, beting Italy's Giulia Quintavalle by Ippon.