MOSCOW, March 08 /ITAR-TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday sent congratulatory telegrams to Russian athletes who earlier in the day won medals in biathlon at the XI Paralympic Winter Games in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, the Kremlin reported.
FIRST SOCHI PARALYMPIC GOLD
The first to receive Putin’s congratulations on Saturday was biathlete Roman Petushkov, who earlier today brought Russia its first Sochi Paralympics gold in men’s sitting 7.5-kilometer event, completing the distance in 21 minutes 03.7 seconds with no missed shots.
The telegram in particular says: “I congratulate you on triumphal performance at the XI Paralympic Winter Games. You had no equals at the distance and in shooting.”
“You confirmed your perfect skill and training, proved to be a real leader who can fight to the end and win. You justified our hopes bringing our team the first gold of the Sochi Paralympics,” Putin said.
Petushkov was born on February 18, 1978 in Dmitrov, the Moscow Region. He is the silver and bronze medalist of the 2010 Paralympic Games in Vancouver in cross-country skiing and biathlon respectively, as well as eight-time world champion.
WOMEN’S STANDING 6KM BIATHLON EVENT
Biathletes Alena Kaufman and Anna Milenina won the gold and silver medals respectively in women’s standing 6-kilometer event at the Paralympics.
Kaufman finished the distance in 18 minutes 27.2 seconds with no missed shots.
Putin’s telegram to Kaufman says: “Dear Anna Vladimirovna! I congratulate you on the excellent result in biathlon competitions at the Games in Sochi. Your performance at the domestic Paralympics is an example of will power and spiritual strength, goal orientation, unconditional belief in victory.”
“Your coaches, close ones and fans are justifiably proud of you,” it says.
Kaufman was born on June 30, 1987 in Sverdlovsk (now Yekaterinburg) in the Urals. She holds the national sports title of an honored master of sport in Russia. She is the champion and bronze medalist of the Paralympic Games in biathlon.
Russia’s Anna Milenina completed the distance in 18 minutes 57.4 seconds with 2 missed shots.
Putin’s telegram to her reads: “Dear Anna Alexandrovna! I congratulate you on the silver medal of the XI Paralympic Winter Games of 2014. This result confirmed your skill, great experience of performances at the most prestigious international events.”
“You made your bright contribution to the successful start of our national Paralympic team in Sochi,” the telegram says.
Milenina was born on July 15, 1986 in Krasnoturyinsk, Sverdlovsk Region in the Urals. She is an honored master of sport in Russia and a three-time Paralympic champion in cross-country skiing and biathlon.
MEN’S STANDING 7.5KM BIATHLON EVENT
Putin also sent a congratulatory telegram to Russian biathlete Vladislav Lekomtsev, who earlier in the day won the gold medal in men’s standing 7.5-kilometer event at the 2014 Winter Paralympics finishing in 19 minutes 13.7 seconds with one missed shot, the Kremlin said.
The telegram says: “Dear Vladislav Alexeyevich! With all my heart I congratulate you on the gold of the Sochi Paralympic Winter Games. You displayed the qualities of a real fighter and leader - uncompromising, goal-oriented, with will.”
“You snapped the victory surpassing your closest rival by fractions of a second. Well done! I wish you new bright achievements,” it says.
Lekomtsev was born on December 8, 1994 in the village of Romashkino (the republic of Udmurtia in Russia’s Volga Federal District). He is a three-time world champion in cross-country skiing and a world class master of sport in Russia.
Putin also congratulated Azat Karachurin, who secured bronze in the event.
WOMEN’S 6KM BIATHLON EVENT FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED
Russian biathlete Mikhalina Lysova on Saturday won the gold medal in women’s 6-kilometer race for visually impaired in Sochi. She finished the distance in 20 minutes 03.2 seconds with no missed shots. Russia’s Yulia Budaleyeva secured the silver medal.
Putin’s telegram to Lysova says: “Dear Mikhalina Anatolyevna! I congratulate you on the convincing victory at the XI Pararlympic Winter Games. One of the most award-winning athletes of the national team, you showed the highest class of training once again. You justified the hopes of Russian fans and all who supported you. I wish you all the best.”
Lysova was born on March 29, 1992 in the city of Nizhny Tagil in the Sverdlovsk Region in the Urals. She is an honored master of sports in Russia.
Lysova is the champion, two-time silver and two-time bronze medalist of the 2010 Vancouver Paralympics in cross-country skiing and biathlon for visually impaired, as well as a multiple world champion.
The Russian president’s telegram to Budaleyeva says: “Dear Yulia Vladimirovna! I congratulate you on the silver medal at the XI Paralympic Winter Games. Participation in the domestic Paralympics became a new and very important stage in your sports biography. And you did not let us down. You showed character, decision, ability to fight and achieve the goal. I wish you luck and bright victories.”
RUSSIA’S MEDAL COUNT
Team Russia currently has 12 medals - four golds, six silvers and two bronzes - at the 2014 Winter Paralympics.
The 2014 Winter Paralympic Games kicked off in Sochi on Friday and will run until March 16. Over 1,350 Paralympic athletes from 45 countries are competing for 72 sets of medals at Russia’s first ever Winter Paralympic Games.