Russia celebrate double gold at sitting volleyball EurosUkraine have to settle for silver in both men’s and women’s competitions 13 Nov 2017
It was a fantastic week for the Russian* men’s and women’s sitting volleyball teams as they cruised to gold at the European Sitting Volleyball Championships in Porec, Croatia, from 4-12 November.
Both finals saw Russia* take on Ukraine and the matches followed a similar pattern, with both winning-teams establishing early leads and showing a strong dominance throughout.
In the men’s match, tournament’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) Aleksandr Savichev, Sviatoslav Kartashev and Viktor Mikenin had a top performance to help their team achieve a 3-0 (25-18, 25-14, 25-17) victory.
Nine-time European champions and two-time Paralympic gold medallists Bosnia & Herzegovina had to settle for bronze this time after beating hosts Croatia 3-0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-18).
Russian* player Iuliia Mednikova, selected as MVP for the women’s competition, delivered subsequent outstanding performances throughout the tournament, including in the final where she scored 16 points to take her team to a 3-0 (25-18, 25-14, 25-17) win against Ukraine.
The bronze medal went to the Netherlands following a 3-0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-23) triumph over Finland.
The final standings are:
1. Russia*; 2. Ukraine; 3. Bosnia & Herzegovina; 4. Croatia; 5. Germany; 6. Netherlands; 7. Serbia; 8. Poland; 9. Latvia; 10. Turkey; 11. Hungary; 12. Italy; 13. Georgia
1. Russia*; 2. Ukraine; 3. Netherlands; 4. Finland; 5. Slovenia; 6. Hungary; 7. Italy; 8. Germany; 9. Croatia
*Editor’s note: The International Paralympic Committee suspended the Russian Paralympic Committee on 7 August 2016 for its inability to fulfil its IPC membership responsibilities and obligations, in particular its obligation to comply with the IPC Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Code (to which it is also a signatory). As a result of the suspension, Russian athletes cannot enter IPC sanctioned events or competitions, including the Paralympic Games, expect for qualification events for PyeongChang 2018 where they can compete as neutrals.