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Putin congratulates Russian biathletes sweeping podium in men’s 12.5 km sitting race

March 11, 2014, 16:34 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, March 11. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Russian biathletes sweeping the podium in men’s 12.5km sitting race at the Paralympic Winter Games in the Russian Black Sea resort city of Sochi on Tuesday. In a congratulatory telegram sent to Russian biathletes Roman Petushkov, Alexei Bychenok and Grigory Murygin that was posted at the Kremlin official website Vladimir Putin addressed to Paralympic medalists “dear friends”.

“From all my heart I congratulate you on a brilliant, victorious performance in the city of Sochi,” the telegram reads. “Russian athletes have swept the podium already for the second time at the XI Paralympic Winter Games,” it runs. “This triumph is a deserved award for your mastery, goal-seeking and diligence, highest professionalism of coaches and tutors,” Putin noted. He wished the Paralympians new successful starts, luck and all the best. The president also congratulated Russian biathlete Svetlana Konovalova on the silver medal in 10 km sitting race. “You go out on the start with faith in yourself, your success, your strength, invariable desire to conquer new sport heights,” Putin said in a congratulatory telegram sent to the Russian female biathlete. “This true mood for fighting helped you to show the high result again and add a medal to our national team,” the president noted and wished the medalist “her plans to be fulfilled and luck.”

Roman Petushkov has won already his third gold medal at the Sochi Paralympics with the time of 34:48.8 not making a single miss in shooting. Alexei Bychenok (35:29.7) has won the silver medal and Grigory Murygin (35:59.6) has clinched the bronze medal. Another Russian biathlete Ivan Goncharov has finished fourth (36:42.5).

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