Uzbekistan Athletes Excel at Asian Games 2018
XVIII Asian Games ended in Indonesia on September 2, being the most successful in the history of Uzbek sports. In the team event, our sportspeople came fifth, having earned 70 medals, including 21 gold, 24 silver and 25 bronze medals.
The biggest contribution to the medal piggy bank was made by the kurashists – they won six gold, two silver and four bronze medals. It is an excellent achievement, because the Uzbek national kurash wrestling was included in the program of the Asian Games. The names of our palvans who secured the gold – Maruf Gaibullayev, Shermuhammad Jandreyev, Muhsin Khisomiddinov, Gulnor Sulaimonova, Dildora Shermetova, Kumush Yuldosheva – are now known not only in our country, but also far beyond its borders.
Uzbek masters of leather gloves did not disappoint, either. In the boxing tournament among men, athletes competed in seven weight classes. So, all seven boxers from our country reached finals and brought five gold and two silver awards to the medal harvest. A rather worthwhile performance!
Also, medals of different value, including gold, were won in such sports as wrestling, judo, tennis, rowing, weightlifting, taekwondo, athletics and other types.
For example, our weightlifter in the category of up to 105 kilograms Ruslan Nurudinov, who became the champion of the games, confirmed his high class.
“At the XXXI Summer Olympic Games held in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro two years ago, I had won a gold medal and thereby updated the Olympic record,” R.Nurudinov said in an interview. “Then I set a goal – to achieve a similar result in the Asian Games. Today this dream has come true. I am very grateful to the head of our state for the great opportunities and conditions created for the achievement of such success by the athletes.”
Defending the honor of our country in high jump, Svetlana Radzivil conquered the height of 1.96 meters and proved second to no one, updating the record of the Asian Games of 2010 in Guangzhou. In addition, in a triple jump, a silver medal into the treasury of the country was brought by Ruslan Kurbonov, in the high jump it was Nadiya Dusanova, in the throwing hammer the bronze medal was awarded to Sukhrob Khodjaev.
“When, in honor of my victory at the Asian Games, the flag of our country was raised under the national anthem, my heart was filled with a sense of pride for being part of this fertile land, tears came to my eyes involuntarily,” Svetlana Radzivil said. “I will not confine myself to this victory. From now on I set a goal to conquer the summit of Olympus.”
To be sure, against the backdrop of Chinese (289 medals won, including 132 gold ones) or Japanese athletes (205 awards, of which 75 gold), the performance of our compatriots looks modest. But, as they say, dashing trouble is the beginning – if our sport continues to develop at the same rapid pace as now, why not reach (or overtake!) gradually these world sports powers!
For this purpose it is necessary to develop more effectively such types of sports as swimming and track and field athletics, after all, their share in a medal offset is very great, and our achievements here are more than modest.
In general, the continental barrier of our athletes has been successfully overcome, ahead of a higher and more tempting peak – the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo!