MOSCOW, January 3 (Itar-Tass) —— Russian President Dmitry Medvedev congratulated the best biathlete of the twentieth century Alexander Tikhonov on 65th birthday on Monday.
The congratulatory telegram posted at the Kremlin website on Monday reads,
“Accept my congratulations on your 65th birthday and the best wishes.
“You have made a great contribution in the development of the world sport and deserved the title of the best biathlete of the twentieth century. Mainly thanks to you our national team won the relay race at four Winter Olympics, and your record of 11 gold medals at the Winter World Championships remains unbreakable for Russian athletes.
“Your mastery and the will to victory set an example for the young generation of biathletes.
“I wish you strong health, wellbeing and luck in the New Year.”