Oleg Matytsyn: “The Universiade was organized at the highest level”

Russian team demonstrates its obvious superiority at the Universiade 2015. It has already won 27 medals, and that is more than half of the amount of medals, won by our athletes at the previous World Student Games held in Trentino, Italy. And there are 15 more competition days to go and 54 sets of medals to be contested!

Today began with a double success of our women cross-country skiers in Strbske Pleso, Slovakia. Oksana Usatova (13.09,5) and Lilia Vasilyeva (+21,9) have taken 1st and 3rd places respectively in the 5 km classic style race.

Our cross-country skiers were even more successful. In 10 km classic style race the entire podium was occupied by Russian athletes. Andrey Feller became the winner – 23.29,2. Artyom Nikolayev lost by less than one second to him. Valeriy Gontar showed the third time (+10.1) while the Russian team flag bearer at the Opening Ceremony of the Universiade Raul Shakirzyanov, who already has silver and gold medals of these Games, finished fifth this time.

In Osrblie, where the Biathlon competition takes place, Russian anthem was also played twice. In 12.5 km Pursuit silver medalist Yaroslav Ivanov was only 1.5 seconds behind the winner Yuriy Shopin (30.25,5). Another Russian athlete Maxim Burtasov became the bronze medalist after missing three targets. He finished 42.6 seconds behind the champion. It should be noted that the same athletes, but in different order, claimed the podium after the Sprint race the day before. Then Ivanov came in first, Burtasov – second and Shopin – third.

In Women’s 10 km Pursuit Russia’s Yevgeniya Pavlova showed the best time of 30.45,1 and was more than 38 seconds faster than her yesterday’s offender Paulina Fialková of Slovakia. Kristina Smirnova managed to finish third despite missing two shots.

Thus, cross-country skiing and biathlon masters have already won 23 medals for Russia, providing strong leadership for our team in the overall standings.

“Until now the Universiade has been successful for us, – said President of the Russian Student Sports Union Oleg Matytsyn. – I hope this trend will continue on Spanish soil as well (afterFebruary 2 the participants of the World Student Games will move to  Granada). And meanwhile I would like to   acknowledge good organisation of the competition in Slovakia. Here guests are welcomed with a warm touch of Slavic hospitality. This concerns athletes’ accommodation and meals, as well as all other issues, including logistics and preparation of sports facilities. Volunteers are trying their best. There are a lot of fans here that’s why everyone is enjoying the festive atmosphere”.

“It’s not by chance that our team is showing good resuts at the Universiade, – added Oleg Matytsyn. – The athletes, coaches and heads of the federations have worked very hard. Special thanks are owed to the Russian Olympic Committee,  the Ministry of Sport and the Federal Medical-Biological Agency for assistance in preparing for these competitions”.