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In Beijing today, will compete for 21 sets of awards

August 22 2008

On Friday, August 22 at the Beijing Olympics will be played 21 sets of awards. Russian athletes have good chances to win in athletics, which will be played seven sets of medals. From early morning to start there are the representatives of Nordic walking: they will reveal the strongest at a distance of 50 km. Among the favorites - Denis Nizhegorodov of Russia, the world record-holder, a silver medalist in Athens at this distance.

For another representative of Russia - 22-year-old Igor Yerokhin this start will be almost the most important in life. While to his credit at the 20 km race at the world championships in Osaka, but he had not completed due to disqualification. In the long jump for women domestic fans all hope is associated with Tatyana Lebedeva, four Olympic Games medalist.

In Athens, in this discipline it was not equal - if she won with a score of 7.07 meters. Lebedeva company in the finals will be Oksana Udmurtova. In the pole vault finals in men broke through just three Russians - Yevgeny Lukyanenko, Dmitriy Starodubtsev and Igor Pavlov.

Especially encouraging to win medals by the fact that their main competitors with great difficulty overcoming the norm for the finals in the qualifying competitions. In the women's 5000 meters for women will represent Russia Lilia Shobuhova and Gulnara Galkina-Samitova. These runners are among the best results this season. Plus this and that and the other was already proven that they are in great shape. Galkina-Samitova won gold at a distance of 3000 meters, and Shobuhova third in the season in the world in Kazan, the Russian championship.

There are chances for medals and Russians in the 4x100 meters relay. On Thursday, a quartet consisting of Eugene Polyakova, Aleksandra Fedoriva, Julia and Julia Gushin Chermoshanskoy in the qualifying heats showed the second result. Some of the favorites in this discipline - American - could not get through finals, as they disqualified for an incorrect transfer of the baton. The same fate, by the way, overtook the U.S. men's team. On Friday, completed a two-day test for desyatibortsev. Here are the three Russians, the best of which for the first day is Aleksandr Pogorelov. He took 7 th place.

On Friday in the fight for gold in Beijing will take the team in synchronized swimming. The main contender for the gold - the Russian national team - will be represented by Anastasia Davydova, Anastasia Ermakova, Maria Gromova, Natalia Ishchenko, Elvira Hasyanovoy, Olga Kuzhel, Elena Ovchinnikova, Svetlana Romashina and Anna Shorina. Friday will be only a technical program. The competitions will be held on Friday boxers semifinal fights, losers who win the bronze. Before the semi-final stage reached Georgy Balakshin (weight category 51 kg), Rahim Chakhkiev (-91), Alexey Tishchenko (-60). In case of victory he will fight for gold, but the next day.

At the rowing and canoeing will be played 6 sets, but the Russians will take part only in two finals. Alexander Kostoglod and Sergey Ulegin will start in the canoe-pair for a distance of 1000 meters. A quartet, consisting of Ilya Medvedev, Evgeny Salakhova, Anton Vasiliev and Konstantin Vishnyakova will compete for medals in the discipline of "kayak-Four" at a distance of 1000 meters. In the modern pentathlon for women made by Evdokia Grechishnikova and Tatiana Muratova. While they do not have good results in individual competitions, but in the team tournament, they got on top places.

Volleyball team of Russia on August 22 will hold their semi-final match against Team USA. In the other semifinal will play Brazil and Italy. Friday will be qualifying competitions in diving with a 10-meter tower. Russia there will be Gleb Galperin and Oleg Vikulov.In the Olympic tournament for men's handball team of Russia will fight with the Danes over the place from 5 th to 8 th. And in the rhythmic gymnastics competition will continue in the individual competitions, and group exercises.

According to tradition in this sport, Russia is the main favorite. On Friday, medals will be awarded in the following disciplines (in which the Russian Olympians are not shown): Running - 4x100 meter relay (men), Beach volleyball (men), single kayak, 1000 meters (men), Canoe loner, 1000 m. ( men), Canoe-four, 500-meter (women), Canoe-deuce, 1000 meters (men), hockey, women (Germany - Argentina match for third place, China - The Netherlands, finals), Taekwondo, Women (weight category up to 67 kg), Taekwondo, men (weight category 80 kg), Cycling - BMX (men), Cycling - BMX (women), Table tennis, singles (female). In addition, Friday will be the match for third place in the men's soccer tournament, which will play Brazil and Belgium, according to RIA Novosti.

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