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.

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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!

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