More than 160 strongest athletes – boys and girls under 18 years old – from all over the region participated in the championship. The Norilsk delegation consisted of 11 skiers. In the final standings, two northerners – pupils of sports schools, who performed in the age group born in 2003-2004, won gold medals.
Igor Demidenko from sports school №3 (coach Natalia Martyanova) became the first in the free style for ten kilometers, showing the result 29:54.7. Alexander Bukhantsov (coach Lyubov Osipova), who represented sports school №6, was also the first to finish at a distance of ten kilometers, but in a classic style. His result was 33:20.7.
“Any sports school is aimed at ensuring that its pupils win, so there was serious competition in Achinsk”, said Sabina Ahmedova, deputy director of sports school №6. “For Alexander, this victory was the first in his career. To be honest, we did not expect such a result from him. He surprised us all and made us very happy. He is a very promising athlete. Thanks to his success in Achinsk, Alexander got the right to participate in the championship of the Siberian Federal District”.
As it was told in the sports school №3, for Igor Demidenko the victory in the regional championship was also the first in his career. At the previous regional performances, which took place in December, the young man was only third.
Text: Mikhail Tuaev, Photo: open sources