Kharkiv Rock Climbers Triumph at World Championship

Ukrainian athletes Oleksandr Zakolodniy and Anatoliy Ochenash, Kharkiv, won the 2013 mountaineering world championship in rock competition class. This was announced by the head of the Federation of Mountaineering and Rock Climbing in Kharkiv oblast Hennadiy Kopeyka, as reported by Unkrinform. There 14 men teams and seven women teams representing nine countries (CIS, Baltic countries, the Caucasus region, etc.) participated in the championship.

The 2013 world championship was held from September 29 to October 8 in Crimea on the rock formations near the cities of Yalta and Foros. The main organizers of the championship were Euro-Asian Association of Mountaineering and Climbing and Mountaineering and Climbing Federation of Ukraine; the event was organized with the support of the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Ukraine.

“It was difficult to get the victory, because Russians made a very powerful appearance: there were three Russian teams, they took second, third, and fourth places. Until the last minute the result of the competition was unknown, and then tenths of a point decided the outcome. It is a fact that we expected that win, but it was really hard,” commented Kopeyka, as quoted by Ukrinform.

According to him, the competition was held in several stages. Each team had to reach the mountain top four times. The judges then evaluated the complexity and speed of the climbers.

As for the women team representing Ukraine at the 2013 championship in Crimea, Hanna Yasinska and Oksana Revchuk, Kyiv, came in third. They were outrun by two Russian teams of Irina Bakaleynikova and Elena Andreeva, Maria Smelovska and Galina Kukhareva.

Notably, Kharkovites Oleksandr Zakolodniy and Anatoliy Ochenash won gold at the 2012 world championship in mountain climbing. Last year the tournament was held on October 1-9 in Crimea. Teams from five countries (15 crews from Georgia, Latvia, Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine) joined the competition. Another team of Kharkiv club representatives, Yevhen Timko and Yevhen Poltavets, took the second place, while bronze was taken by the representatives of Moldova, reads city.kharkov.ua.

Rock climbing is a popular sport in Ukraine, since the country boasts two mountain ranges – the Carpathian Mountains in the west and the Crimean Mountains in the south. The most recent achievement of Ukrainian climbers dates back to July 10-13, 2013. Danylo Boldyriv and Yaroslav Hontaryk took the third and fourth places, respectively, in the European Climbing Championships in France.

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