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Ukrainian Women Win First Ever Olympic Gold in Rowing

1. August 2012 by Masha 0 Comments

Ukrainian Women Win Gold in Rowing

Have you been watching the Olympics to see how your favorite Russian and Ukrainian female athletes are faring? The ladies of the quadruple sculls just accomplished quite a feat: they won the first Olympic gold medal in rowing for Ukraine.

 

The event typically belonged to Germany, who won gold every time except twice since it was added to the competition in 1988. However, Kateryna Tarasenko, 24, Nataliya Dovgodko, 21, Anastasia Kozhenkova, 26, and Yana Dementieva, 33, beat Germany by a length, winning in 6 minutes, 35.93 seconds. The Germans took silver and the United States earned bronze.

 

Ukraine was a narrow favorite going into the event, having won all three World Cup regattas earlier this year.

 

This is Ukraine's second gold medal in the London Olympics, bringing the country's overall medal count to four, thanks to Ukrainian women. Yana Shemyakina won gold in fencing, Olena Kostevych won bronze in shooting, and Yuliya Kalina won bronze in weightlifting.

Source: London2012