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Russia’s Alembekova wins women’s 20 km walk at 2014 European Athletics

August 14, 2014, 15:23 UTC+3 GENEVA
Alembekova’s gold was the fifth medal for the Russian team at the 2014 European Athletics Championships
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GENEVA, August 14. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s Elmira Alembekova brought her country the first gold medal at the 2014 European Athletics Championships in Switzerland after leaving behind on Thursday in Zurich all her competitors in women’s 20 km walk.

The 24-year-old Russian athlete completed the 20 km distance in Zurich in 1 hour 27.56 minutes leaving her closest contender Lyudmyla Olyanovska of Ukraine 11 seconds behind and with the silver medal.

The bronze went to Anezka Drahotova of the Czech Republic.

Alembekova’s gold was the fifth medal for the Russian team at the 2014 European Athletics Championships held in Zurich between August 12 and 17. In the first two days of the tournament Russia already collected one silver and three bronze medals.

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