The “big girl” says good bye

Ekaterina Gamova new pic 2012 04 Ekaterina Gamova will not play anymore for the Russian national team. She announced it before the Olympic games and, in consequence, her last performance was against Brazil  in the 2-3 quarter final game defeat. After the last point in a dramatic tie-break, Gamova covered her face with the hands and cried.

The last game was in the quarter finals round of 2012 Olympic Games. Russia, her team, lost against Brazil and the gold medal dream died. ¿Do you remember that game?

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Высокаядевушкаговорит «Досвидания»

Ekaterina Gamova new pic 2012 11Екатерина Гамова больше не будет играть за национальную сборную России. Она объявила об этом еще до Олимпиады, поэтому поражение от Бразилии 2-3 в четвертьфинале было ее последней игрой. Послерешающегорозыгрыша того драматичного тайбрейка Гамова закрыла лицо руками и расплакалась.

Последняя игра была в четвертьфинале Олимпиады. Сборная России, ее команда, проиграла Бразилии, и мечта о золотой медали была похоронена. Выпомнитетуигру?
Этобылавосхитительнаяигра. Одна из тех, которые можно пересматривать снова и снова, и это не наскучит. Захватывающая, напряженная, с россыпью звезд на площадке, которые играли в высококлассный волейбол и в то же время допускали нелепейшие ошибки. Неизбежный признак игра под давлением.

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Osleni Guerrero: "I have to try to improve all the time"

osleni-guerrero-badminton-cuba_0 Osleni Guerrero finished as runner-up in the 2012Pan American Badminton Tournament, held in Lima, Peru, a silver medal that is a worthwhile addition to his new career that also includes the subtitle in the Guadalajara 2011Pan American Games. The young Havana city boy is the best Cuban ever in the world ranking, currently placing 121 with a total of 13,250 points (updated October 18, 2012). These days, when he just turned 24, he agreed to talk with Oncuba:

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Ismael López Mastrapa: “I Owe Cuba Everything I Know”

ismael(2)_0 Keshorn Walcott and his javelin produced the most unexpected story in the Olympic Games athletics. The Trinitarian transcended as the youngest champion in this discipline when, at the age of 19, he was crowned champion with an 84.58m throw. The title was the second Olympic gold in the history of his native Trinidad and Tobago, and the first in the last 36 years since Hasely Crawford’s 100m victory in Montreal ’76.
In the outstanding performance by Keshorn Walcott, who also won the gold medal at the 2012 World Juvenile Championship, the knowledge of Cuban trainer Ismael López Mastrapa plays a role. The trainer, a native of the eastern province of Holguín, became news due to his pupil¡s relevant performance during the season, and these days he is again focused by the media after being chosen by the North American, Central American and Caribbean Trainers’ Association (NACAC) as best NACAC trainer, a distinction that took him by surprise and so he admitted in his statements, granted via e-mail to this writer.

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Ruth Beitia: "… Like “Soto , only" Soto " can jump”

javier y ruth Ruth Beitia Vila, despite being 33 and having announced her retirement, just got the best season of her long career as an athlete. In 2012, the Spanish high jumper became European champion in the Helsinki Championships last June and was fourth in the Olympic Games in London.
In the British capital, Ruth crossed the barrier of 2 meters, a height she had never reached in major competitions and is just 2 centimeters shy of her best performance ever: 2.02m on August 4, 2007 in San Sebastian.
This charismatic athlete, a native of the Spanish region of Cantabria, says she has great admiration for Cuba and Sotomayor is her reference…

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Katiuska Perez: "I feel part of what has been achieved"

katiuska,-salto-con-pértiga-oncuba2 It is a fact; Cuban women have opened themselves up a space in the complicated world of international pole vault. The most serious references came in late 2011 thanks to the excellent performances by Yarisley Silva in competitions throughout the globe class and became stronger when that same athlete won the solver medal at the London Olympic Games.

Cuba, which is another unprecedented event for the Caribbean region, attended the meeting at the British capital with two athletes; Dailis Caballeros and the aforementioned, Yarisley Silva, who clinched the right to compete under the five rings after registering 4.50 or more, the minimum required to participate in the Olympic tournament.

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Robeisy Ramirez: "… victory, that’s what I always go for"

Robeisy One day, when he was 8 he got into a brawl in his school, and luckily that day Professor Jorge Luis Fermin Rodriguez (his first coach) was passing by and at the suggestion of his teacher, invited Ramirez to practice boxing.


Today, ten years after that singular event, that tiny boy became Olympic Champion; it was precisely the XXX edition of the Olympic Games in London, the scene of the coronation of Robeisy Ramirez in the flyweight division (- 52kg): “The Olympics is the biggest thing that I have lived in my career, ‘said the boxer while he dealt with a” herd “of university students, many-if not all- older than him, seeking leave an imprint in that chance encounter with a champion
“Before I arrived there (in London), I never thought I could make it (referring to gold). My team-mates and coaches inspired me. I got my confidence out of the good preparation we had all year-round. It is a direct result of having trained very hard and I always have paid much attention to what my teachers tell me.

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Bubka Competed in Cuba and Lost

sergei_bubka_0 The star of pole vault, Sergei Bubka, was in Cuba, competed and lost. Yes, this was exactly as it reads, and I admit that I was also amazed when a friend (to whom I am thankful for the greatest part of the statistics in this publication) told me about the totally unheard-of event.


It happened in Santiago de Cuba, in the summer of 1980, when a competition called “Olympic Hopes” has held, with attendance of youngsters below 18 years from the socialist countries.
Obviously, Serguei in those days was not the Bubka of the years that followed. When he competed in the “Moncada city” he was barely 17 years old and was not even mentioned by the press that reported the event, because he jumped five meters and lost to German Detlef Pilz, who jumped 5.10m.

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Interview of Yelena Isinbayeva

yelenaisinbayeva51 Here are the questions we asked Yelena to answer today. I hope this helps you.


You have declared many times you have no idols in sport, but beyond the track. Is there something or someone who inspires Yelena Isinbayeva?

My parents inspire me and have always been a great example for me since I was a little girl. But I also get inspiration from my young fans and supporters. I am amazed by all the messages and words of encouragement that I received from people all over the world. That helps me when things are not going very good and when things are great.

  In 2010 you supported Russia’s bid to host World Cup 2018. Your speech was focused on highlighting the practice of sport among the ladies, showing as practical example, the achievements you have earned in athletics. What do you think about the legacy left by females through different sports.

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Queen has come back?

Queen has come back?

History says France and Love have too much in common, that´s why French Saint Valentine´s was meant to be interesting in regards to athletics.

Saint Valentine´s was related with traditional Pas de Calais Meeting hosted by Lievin City, which actually was witness of third Yelena Isinbayeva´s victory in current season, marked by the achievement of her best performance of the year and her attempt to return to her former performances. Sigue leyendo

Mariya Savinova: ” … I’ m very fortunate to have won at Daegu”

Marya Famo-Sava is not a name that suggests much. As a matter of fact, it’s a detail missed even by that thing people say knows it all: Google. However, I am certain that if I introduce her as Marya Savinova she won’t go unnoticed to the eyes of those who love athletics.

Farno-Sava is the name this Russian athlete, specialized in middle distance races, adopted after her marriage.

Her beginning in sports was not linked to athletics, but she assures she reached the tracks to stay. She started to excel late in 2008 to have results that were reflected in continental events.

Her first great performance was in the 30th Edition of the European Championship (Indoors) held in Turin in 2009, where she won the 800-meter race. But in Berlin, a few months later, her performance did not meet the expectations around her person, and she had to be content with a 5th place in the 12th World Championship. That result did not clearly speak about the potential of that girl born in 1985 in Chelyabinsk. Sigue leyendo