March 4, 2016




• In the UEFA Champions League, Dynamo Kyiv lost 1-3 against Manchester City in Kyiv on February 24 in the first-leg match of the Round of 16.  Man City opened the scoring in the 15th minute by Sergio Aguero, in the 40th minute by David Silva; Ukraine’s Vitaliy Buyalskiy scored the lone goal for Ukraine in the 59th minute, but Manchester City’s Yaya Toure capped the match with a goal in the 90th minute. The second-leg match will be played on March 15. The final is to be held on May 28 in Milan, Italy.

• In the UEFA Europa League, Shakhtar Donetsk tied 0-0 with Schalke on February 18 in Lviv, and won 3-0 in the second-leg match in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, on February 25. Scoring for Shakhtar were Marlos Romero Bonfim (27th minute), Facundo Ferreyra (63rd minute) and Viktor Kovalenko (77th minute) Shakhtar faces Belgium’s Anderlecht on March 10 in Lviv and 17 in Belgium. The tournament final is to be held on May 18 at St. Jakob Park, in Basel, Switzerland.

• In the UEFA Youth League, Dynamo Kyiv lost 0-5 against Middlesbrough (England) on February 9 in England and was eliminated from the tournament. The final tournament is to be played on April 15 and 18 at Colovray stadium in Nyon, France.

• Ukraine’s U-17 women’s team plays against Spain on March 22 as part of the Elite Round. Ukraine, in Group 2, plays against Denmark on March 24 and against Northern Ireland on March 27. The top-eight teams advance to the final tournament.

• Ukraine’s women’s team continues its qualifying group stage (Group 3) matches for the UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 that is hosted by the Netherlands. Ukraine plays against Albania on March 4, against Greece on March 8, against Albania on April 8, against Greece on June 7 and against Romania on September 15. Ukraine is in fourth place after two matches played with one point. France leads the group with 12 points after four matches played.

• Ukraine’s U-17 men’s team is set to begin matches in the Elite Round of Group 2. Ukraine plays against Finland on March 24, against Turkey on March 26 and against England on March 29. Azerbaijan will host a 16-team tournament on May 5-21.

• Ukraine’s men’s team is in Group I in the qualifying round for the FIFA World Cup 2018 that is to be hosted by Russia. Ukraine, in Group I, plays against Ireland on September 5, against Turkey on October 6, against Finland on November 12 and against Croatia on March 24, 2017.  Other matches in 2017, Ukraine plays against Turkey on September 2, against Iceland on September 5, and against Croatia on October 9.

• Ukraine’s U-21 men’s team continues its Group 3 qualifying round matches after five matches played by 2015. Ukraine plays against Macedonia on May 27, against France on September 2, and against Scotland on September 6. The final tournament is to be hosted by Poland in 2017.

• Ukraine’s U-19 men’s team is in Group 4 of the Elite Round of the UEFA U-19 championship. Ukraine plays against the Netherlands on March 24, against Poland on March 26, and against Northern Ireland on March 29. The top-seven teams advance to the final tournament that is hosted by Germany on July 11-24.

• Ukraine is in Group C of the UEFA Euro Cup 2016, with the final tournament hosted by France on June 10-July 10. Ukraine plays against Germany on June 12, against Northern Ireland on June 16, and against Poland on June 21.


• Ukraine lost 2-1 against Serbia in the quarterfinals of the UEFA Futsal Euro tournament on February 8. Ukraine, in Group B, won 6-3 against Hungary on February 4 and Ukraine lost to Spain 1-4 on February 6. Other teams in the quarterfinals include Portugal, Spain, Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Italy.

• Ukraine is in first place in Group 1 of the main round of the FIFA Fustal World Cup and advanced to the play-off round that is set to begin on March 22, with matches played in a home-away two-legged matches between 14 teams. The tournament final is to be hosted on October 2 by Colombia. The play-off draw is to be announced on February 12 in Belgrade.

• Lokomotiv Kharkiv advanced to the final tournament of the UEFA Futsal Cup after finishing in second place (with six points) in Group D, tying with first-place Benefica (Portugal). Lokomotive leads on goal aggregate with five and Benefica has four goals on aggregate.


• Ruslan Tkalenko won third place (24:10.7 seconds) in the men’s 10-kilometer sprint at the IBU World Cup event in Slovakia on February 10-14. Tkalenko finished in ninth place in the men’s 20-kilometer individual and Anastasiya Merkushyna finished in ninth place in the women’s 15-kilometer individual race.

• Ukraine’s women’s 4×6-kilometer relay team – Iryna Varvynets, Natalya Burgyda, Yuliia Dzhima and Olena Pidhrushna – won silver at the IBU World Cup Biathlon 8 in Presque Isle, Maine, on February 10-14.

• Olena Pidhrushna won gold in the women’s 7.5-kilometer sprint (19:56.9 seconds) at the BMW IBU World Cup 7 on February 3-7 in Canmore, Alberta, Canada. She finished in 10th place in the women’s 12.5-kilometer mass start. Ukraine’s single mixed relay (1-kilometer each) team – Yulia Dzhima and Alexander Zhirnyy – finished in sixth place.

• Anastasiya Merkushyna won second place (40:01.3 seconds) in the junior women’s 12.5 kilometer individual race at the IBU youth/junior world championships in Cheile Gradistei, Romania, on January 26-February 2. Vitaliy Trush finished in eighth place in the junior men’s 15-kilometer individual race.  Anna Kryvonos won third place in the youth women’s 6-kilometer sprint (18:50.1 seconds) and Bohdan Tsymbal finished in the tenth spot in the youth men’s 7.5-kilometer sprint. Merkushyna finished in fifth place in the junior women’s 7.5-kilometer sprint, Kryvonos won second place (27:18.6 seconds) in the youth women’s 7.5-kilometer pursuit, Merkushyna finished in sixth place in the junior women’s 10-kilometer pursuit and Tsymbal finished in seventh place in the youth men’s 10-kilometer pursuit. Ukraine’s youth women’s relay (3×6-kilometers) team – Kryvonos, Hanna Sytnyk and Valeriya Dmytrenko – finished in fourth place (57:23.1 seconds), Ukraine’s youth men’s relay (3×7.5-kilometers) team – Tsymbal, Vladyslav Koshovets and Ruslan Bryhadyr – finished in sixth place (1:03:27.2 seconds), Ukraine’s junior women’s relay (3×6-kilometers) team – Mariya Kruchova, Merkushyna and Snizhana Tisyeva – finished in fifth place (56:44.7 seconds), and Ukraine’s junior men’s relay (4×7.5-kilometer) team – Trush, Maksym Ivko, Nazarii Tsebrynskyi and Anton Myhda – finished in fifth place (1:28.12.9 seconds).

• Olena Pidhrushna finished in fourth place in the women’s 7.5-kilometer sprint and Valj Semerenko finished in ninth place in the women’s 10-kilometer pursuit at the BMW IBU World Cup Biathlon 6 in Antholz-Anterselva, Italy, on January 20-24.

• Ukraine’s mixed relay team – Nadia Bielkina, Iana Bondar, Ruslan Tkalenko and Dmytro Rusikov – won gold at the IBU Cup Biathlon 6 at Aber, Germany, on January 20-23 (men’s course at 7.5 kilometers and the women’s course at six kilometers) with a time of 1:18:54.0 seconds. Ukraine’s single mixed relay team – Anastasiya Merkushyna and Artem Tyshchenko, won gold with a time of 41:50.9 seconds.  Iana Bondar won silver in the women’s 7.5-kilometer sprint.

• Ukraine’s mixed relay team – Yuliya Zhurvok, Nadiaa Bielkina, Andriy Dottsenko and Artem Pryma – won gold at the IBU Cup Biathlon 5 in Ridnaun-Val Ridanna, Italy, on January 13-17, with a time of 1:21:32.1 seconds with the men’s course at 7.5 kilometers and the women’s course at six kilometers.  Anastasiya Merkushyna finished in fifth place in the women’s 7.5-kilometer sprint. Pryma finished in fourth place in the men’s 10-kilometer sprint.

• Ukraine’s women’s biathlon team – Iryna Varvynets, Yuliia Dzhima, Valj Semerenko and Olena Pidhrushna – won gold at the BMW Biathlon World Cup 5 event in Ruhpolding, Germany, on January 10-17. The team finished with a time of 1:16:14.2 seconds, just 1.2 seconds ahead of Germany. In the women’s mass start, Dzhima finished in seventh place (42:06.8 seconds) at +53.6 seconds.

• Ukraine’s mixed relay team – Yuliia Zhuravok, Nadiia Belkin, Andriy Dotsenko and Artem Pryma won gold at the IBU Biathlon Cup 5 in Ridnaun-Val Ridanna, Italy, on January 13-17, with a time of 1:21:32.1 seconds. Pryma finished in fifth place in the men’s 10-kilomter sprint (25.02.8 seconds). Anastasiya Merkushyna finished in fifth place in the women’s 7.5-kilometer sprint  (22:43.0 seconds) and seventh place in the women’s 10-kilometer pursuit (32:29.2 seconds).

• Iana Bondar finished in second place (20:14.1 seconds) in the women’s 7.5-kilometer sprint at the IBU Cup Biathlon 4 in Nove Miesto, the Czech Republic, on January 8-10.

• Dmytro Pidruchnyi finished in fourth place (+31.4 seconds, 34:07.2 seconds) in the men’s mass start at the BMW IBU World Cup Biathlon 4 in Ruhpolding, Germany, on January 7-10.  Olena Pidhrushna finished in fifth place (33:48.2 seconds) in the women’s mass start.

• Valj Semerenko and Serhiy Semenov finished in fifth place at the World Team Challenge biathlon at Veltins Arena in Schalke in December 28, 2015. The Ukrainian duo finished with a time of 33.57.6 seconds +31.7 seconds.

• Vitaliy Trush won gold in the junior men’s 15-kilometer sprint (27:16.8 seconds) and Mariya Kruchova won gold in the junior women’s 12.5-kilometer sprint (24:31.6 seconds) at the International Biathlon Union (IBU) Junior Cup 2 in Martell-Val Martello, Italy, on December 17-19.

• Maksym Ivko won third place in the junior men’s 10-kilometer sprint at the IBU Junior Cup in Obertillach, Austria, on December 11-13. Ivko finished with a time of 26:24.5 seconds, just 21.1 seconds behind the lead time that was won by Maksim Varabei of Belarus.

• Olena Pidhrushna finished in sixth place (35:30.7 seconds) in the women’s 12.5-kilometer mass start at the BMW IBU World Cup Biathlon 3 in Pokljuka, Slovenia, on December 16-20.

• Vitaliy Kilchytskyy finished in fourth place (24:53.8 seconds) in the men’s 10-kilometer sprint at the IBU Biathlon Cup 3 in Obertillach, Austria, on December 17-19.


• Welterweight Valentin Golovko (22-1-0, 15 KO) won by third-round TKO against Pavel Petrov (2-3-0, 1 KO) on February 27 at the Sports School in Rivne, Ukraine. Super welterweight Bogdan Protsyshin (8-12-0, 3 KO) won by second-round TKO against Bogdan Zemlyanyi (0-2-0, 0 KO).

• Super bantamweight Arnold Khegai (4-0-0, 2 KO) won against Rauf Aghayev (17-3-0, 6 KO) of Azerbaijan on February 21 at the Kosmos Hall in Moscow. Aghayev retired after the second round, in a fight that was scheduled to go six rounds.

• Middleweight Artem Karpets (21-1-0, 6 KO) retired after the fifth round against Kamil Szeremeta (13-0-0, 1 KO) of Poland on February 20 at the Arena Hall in Legionowo, Poland. The fight was scheduled for eight rounds.

• Featherweight Pavlo Ishchenko (3-0-0, 2 KO) won by unanimous decision after six rounds against Rafael Vazquez (2-4-0, 0 KO) of Puerto Rico on February 17 at B.N. King Blues Club and Grill in New York. Judges scored 60-54, 59-55, 59-55.

• Light heavyweight Oleksandr Gvozdyk (9-0-0, 7 KO) won by first-round knockout against Mike Snider (9-3-3, 5 KO) of the U.S.A. on February 13 at Sportsmans Londge in Studio City, Calif. The fight was scheduled for eight rounds.

• Undefeated lightweight Valentin Golovko (21-1-0, 14 KO) lost by majority decision after eight rounds against Jerry Belmontes (21-8-0, 6 KO) of the U.S.A. on January 27 at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in New York. Judges scored 76-76, 74-78, 75-77.

• Heavyweight Vyacheslav Glazkov (21-0-2, 13 KO) lost by third-round TKO against Charles Martin (23-0-1, 21 KO) of the U.S.A. at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on January 16 in a fight that was scheduled for 12 rounds. Martin picked up the IBF heavyweight title with the win. Welterweight Ivan Golub (10-0-0, 8 KO) won by first-round TKO against Juan Rodriguez Jr. (12-3-0, 5 KO) of the U.S.A. iin a fight that was scheduled for eight rounds. Middleweight Ramil Gdzhiev (1-1-0, 1 KO) lost by unanimous decision after four rounds against Botirsher Obidov (4-0-1, 1 KO) of Uzbekistan. The judges scored 37-39, 37-39, 37-39.

• Super welterweight Ihor Fanian (15-10-3, 7 KO) lost against Stephen Danyo (7-0-3, 6 KO) of the Netherlands by unanimous decision after six rounds on December 25 at the Sporthal in Izegem, Belgium.

• Light heavyweight Vyacheslav Shabrynskyy (15-0-0, 13 KO) won by majority decision after 10 rounds against Yunieski Gonzalez (16-2-0, 12 KO) of Cuba at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, N.Y., on December 19. The judges scored 92-98, 93-97, 95-95.

• Ukraine’s Otamans are in first place in Group A in the amateur-based World Series of Boxing. The Otamans won 3-2 against the previously undefeated Cuba Domadores on February 27 at the Palace of Sports in Kharkiv. On January 30 the Otamans defeated the China Dragons 5-0 and Ukraine won 4-1 against the Turkiye Conquerors on February 12. In individual rankings, flyweight Maksym Fatych (2-0) is in first place, lightweight Viktor Slavinskyi (1-1)  is in third place, welterweight Serhii Bohachuk (2-0) is second place, and super heavyweight Viktor Vykhyrst (1-0) is in fifth place .


• Ukraine’s Motor Zaporizhia is in first place in Group D of the European Handball Federation’s men’s Champions League with 15 points after 10 matches played. The team has seven wins, one draw and two losses; a goal differential of 19 with 296 for and 277 against. In the elimination round, Motor Zaporizhia won 31-30 against Naturhouse La Rioja (the second-place finisher in Group C) on February 27 in the first-leg and results from the March 5 second-leg match will appear in the next Sportsline.

• In the EHF Women’s Challenge Cup, HC Karpaty advanced to the semifinal against Kastamonu B. Genclik SK of Turkey in the first-leg match on April 2-3, and a second-leg match on April 9-10. In the group of 16, Karpaty won 23-14 against Colegio de Gaia in the first leg and 30-21 in the second leg. Karpaty also won both matches in the quarterfinal against HC Vardar junior (22-29, 28-17).


• Anna Rizatdinova won two first-place medals in the senior hoop and ribbon events and third place in the individual all-around at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup in Espoo, Finland, on February 26-28. Rizatdinova won second place in the clubs event and third place in the ball event. In the team competition, Ukraine won third place in the ribbon event, third place in the hoop and clubs event, and finished in sixth place in the team all-around.

• Ukraine’s Anna Rizantdinova won five gold medals – the senior individual all-around (71.9 points), hoop (18.6 points), ball (18.05 points), clubs (18.5 points) and ribbon (17.8 points) – at the Miss Valentine 2016 competition on February 11-14 in Tartu, Estonia. Viktoriya Mazur won silver in hoop (17.7 points) and ball (17.55 points), and bronze in ribbon (17.05 points).

• Crimea native Anna Rizatdinova explained that its competitors will not travel to Russia for competitions, including the Moscow Grand Prix on February 19-21 and the Alina Cup in Moscow on February 19-20. The two major tournaments hosted by Russia in 2016 include the World Grand Prix series. Other Ukrainian sports federations that have announced a planned boycott of competitions in Russia include five-a-side ultimate fighting teams and biathlon.


• Sergiy Stakhovsky lost in the first-round qualifier 4-6, 6-3, 6-7 (7) against Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament on February 8-14 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. In doubles, Stakovsky and Colin Fleming of Great Britain lost 6-3, 4-6, 8-10 in the first-round qualifier Fallon Griekspoor and Tim Van Rijthoven of the Netherlands.

• Stakhovsky also lost 2-6, 2-6 against Phillip Kohlschreiber of Germany in the Round of 32 at the Garanti Koza Sofia Open in Sofia, Bulgaria, on February 1-7. In doubles, Stakhovsky and Lukas Dlouhy of the Czech Republic won 6-3, 7-6 (5) in the Round of 16 against Hyeon Chung of South Korea and Matthew Ebden of Australia, and lost 1-6, 7-6(7), 4-10 in the quarterfinal against  Wesley Koolhof and Matwe Middlekoop of the Netherlands.

• At the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy on February 8-14 in St. Petersburg Russia, Kateryna Kozlova plays against Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic. In the qualifying round first stage, Valeriya Strakhova lost against Katarzyna Kawa of Poland 6-1, 6-2. In doubles, Maryna Zanevska and Valeriya Solovyeva of Russia lost against Barbora Krejckova  of the Czech Republic and Vera Dushnevina of Russia 6-1, 4-6, 10-4; and Olga Savchuk, paired with Amerxandra Panova of Russia, against Valentyna Ivakhnenko of Russia and Lidziya Marozava of Belarus. In the junior singles qualifier, Zavenvska lost to Kozlova 6-4, 0-6, 7-6(5) in the second round.

• Lyudmyla and Nadiia Kichenok won the first-round match against Carolin Daniels of Germany and Laura Pous-Tio of Spain at the WTA Taiwan Open on February 6-14. The Ukrainian sisters play against in the second round. In singles, Lyudmyla plays against Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan in the first round.

• Ukraine finished in first place in Pool A in the Group 1 stage of the Fed Cup on February 3-6 in Eliat, Israel. In the first round, Ukraine defeated Portugal 3-0, and in the second round, won 3-0 against Sweden. In the play-offs, Ukraine won 3-0 against Israel. The team – Lesia Tsurenko, Kateryna Bondarenko, Olga Savchuk and Anastasiya Vasylyeva – advances to the World Group II stage of the tournament playoffs.

• Alexandr Dolgopolov won in the first round against Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania 1-6, 6-3, 4-6, 2-6 at the Australia Open in Melbourne on January 18-31. Dolgopolov lost 3-6, 5-7, 1-6 against Roger Federer of Switzerland in the second round. Illya Marchenko lost 6-4, 3-6, 6-0, 6-4 against Omar Jasika of Australia in the first round and Sergiy Stakhovsky lost against David Goffin of Belgium in the first round 6-3, 3-6, 4-6, 4-6. In women’s singles, Kateryna Bondarenko won against Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia 7-6(7-2), 6-3 in the first round, and Bondarenko won against Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia 6-1, 7-5 in the second round, and in the third round Bondarenko lost 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 against Belinda Bencic of Switzerland. Elina Svitolina won 6-2, 6-3 against Victoria Duval of the U.S.A., and in the second round, Svitolina lost 6-4, 6-4 against Naomi Osaka of Japan. Also in the first round, Lesia Tsurenko lost 7-6(7-5), 2-6, 3-6 against Varvara Lepchenko of the U.S.A. and Maryna Zanevska lost 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 3-6 against Lara Arrubarrena of Spain. In women’s doubles, Lyudmyla and Nadiia Kichenok won against Kimberly Birrell and Priscilla Hon of Australia 6-4, 6-3 and Svitolina and Daria Gavrivolva of Australia lost 06-2-6 against Anastasia Pavluchenkova and Elena Vesnina of Russia, and Bondarenko and Olga Savchuk won against Alize Cornet of France and Magda Linette of Poland 6-4, 6-0. In men’s doubles, Stakhovsky and Martin Klizan of Slovakia will play Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands and Horia Tecau of Romania, and Dolgopolov and Dmitry Tursunov of Russia will play Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay and Marcel Granollers of Spain. In mixed doubles, Svitolina and Artem Sitak of New Zealand lost 4-6. 6-4, 3-10 against Andreja Klepac of Slovenia and Treat Huey of the Philippines At the Apia International Sydney tennis tournament in Sydney on January 10-16 at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Center, Alexandr Dolgopolov was eliminated during the quarterfinals against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.  Dolgopolov won against Thomaz Belucci of Brazil in the first round, 6-1, 6-4 and won Dolgopolov of Alexander Sirkissian of the U.S.A. 7-6(6), 6-2 in the second round. Sergiy Stakhovsky lost to Alexandar Vukic of Australia in the first-round qualifier 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. In women’s singles, Lesia Tsurenko lost to Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria 7-6(6), 6-2 and Elina Svitolina lost against Angelique Kerber of Germany 4-6, 6-0, 6-3.

• At the Hobart International tennis tournament in Hobart, Australia, on January 10-16, Nadiia and Lyudmyla Kichenok won in the women’s first-round doubles event against Klara Koukalova of the Czech Republic and Demi Schuurs of the Netherlands 6-3, 6-3, and lost 6-3, 6-3 against Kimberly Birell and Jarmila Wolfe of Australia in the quarterfinal. Kateryna Bondarenko and Tatjana Maria lost against Kimberly Birrell and Jarmila Wolfe 4-6, 4-6.

• Lyudmyla and Nadiya Kichenok, ranked 54th and 59th, respectively, by the Women’s Tennis Association, advanced to the second round to the WTA doubles competition at the ASB Classic annual tournament in Aukland, New Zealand, on January 4-9. After defeating Jocelyn Rae and Anna Smith 6-3, 6-3, the Ukrainian duo advanced to the quarterfinals, where they lost 7-5, 6-3 against Argentine-Czech duo Maria Irigoyen and Barnora Krejckova.

At the Brisbane International Tennis Tournament on January 3-10, Kateryna Bondarenko and Olga Savchuk lost in women’s doubles against Angelique Kerber and Andrea Petkovic of Germany 7-6, 6-3 in the first round. In women’s singles, Bondarenko lost 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 against Madison Brengle of the U.S.A. in the first round.

• In the Hopman Cup that was played in Perth, Australia, on January 3-9, Ukraine defeated the U.S.A. 2-1. Elina Svitolina won against Vicky Duval 6-4, 6-1, and Alexandr Dolgopolov won 6-4, 6-2 against Jack Sock. In doubles, Duval/Sock won 6-2, 6-3 against Svitolina/Dolgopolov. On January 5, Ukraine won 2-1 against the Czech Republic. Svitolina won 7-5, 6-2 against Karolina Pliskova and Dolgopolov won 7-5, 7-6(3) against Jiri Vesely; in doubles, Pliskova/Vesely won 6-3, 6-1 against Svitolina/Dolgopolov. Svitolina won 6-3, 6-3 against Jarmila Wolfe of Australia and Dolgopolov won 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 against Lleyton Hewitt of Australia, and in doubles, Svitolina-Dolgpolov lost 3-6, 7-5, 10-5 against Wolfe-Hewitt. In the final, Ukraine lost 0-2 against Australia Green after Daria Gavrilova of Australia defeated Svitolina 6-4, 7-6(6), and Nik Kyrgios defeated Dolgopolov 6-3, 6-4. The tournament was sponsored by the International Tennis Federation.


• Olha Kharlan won first place in the women’s individual saber event at the Yves Brasseur World Cup on February 19-21 in Gand-Sint-Niklaas, Belgium. Kharlan dispatched her Russian opponent, Yanna Egorian, 15-10 in the final. Ukraine’s women’s saber team won bronze in the third-place match 45-41 against Italy.

• Ukraine’s women’s saber team – Olga Kharlan, Alina Komashchuk, Olena Kravatska and Olena Voronina – won 45-44 in the final against Russia at the World Cup of Fencing team competition in Athens on January 31. In individual competition, Kharlan finished in fifth place after losing 15-12 against Ibtihaj Muhammad of the U.S.A.

Youth Olympic Games 

• Ukraine’s Khrystyna Dmytrenko won gold in the women’s 7.5-kilometer biathlon pursuit at the fourth Youth Olympic Games 2016 on February 12-21 in Lillehammer, Norway.  Dmytrenko finished in fourth place in the women’s sprint. Snowboarder Daryna Kyrychenko, Veronia Edebo of Sweden, Valetnin Miladinov of Bulgaria and David Mobaerg of Sweden won bronze in the mixed Team Ski-Snowboard Cross. In mixed national Olympic committee team ice dance, Ukraine’s Ivan Shmuratko, Latvian Diana Nikitina, and Czech duo Anna Duskova and Martin Bidar – Team Future – won silver. Ukraine was represented by 23 athletes in nine sports disciplines – biathlon, Nordic combined, figure skating, bobsled, ski jumping, cross-country skiing, Alpine skiing, snowboarding and skeleton. Other sports included curling, freestyle skiing, ice hockey, luge, short-track speed skating and speed skating. A total of 1,100 athletes from 71 countries competed in Lillehammer in 70 events across 15 winter sports.


• Iakiv Khammo (+100 kg) won gold in the men’s division after defeating Islam El Shehaby of Egypt in the final at the Judo Grand Prix in Dusseldorf, Germany, on 19-21. Maryna Cherniak (48 kg) finished in seventh place in the women’s division. Ukraine finished in ninth place in the medal standings.

• Artem Bloshenko (100 kg) won gold at the Judo Grand Prix Havana 2016 on February 8. Quedjau Nhabali (90 kg) tied for fifth place with Xunzhao Cheng of China. In the women’s division, Svitlana Iaromka (+78 kg) tied for third place with Vanessa Zambotti of Mexico.

• Svitlana Iaromka (+78 kg) finished in seventh place at the Judo Grand Slam in Paris on February 6-7.

Track and field

• Oksana Okuneva tied for third place in the women’s high jump (1.92 meters) at the Globen Galan IAAF meeting on February 17 in Stockholm, Sweden. Viktoriya Pyatachenko-Kashcheyeva finished in fifth place in the women’s 200-meter race, finishing with a time of 24.77 seconds.

• Oksana Okuneva won second place in the women’s high jump (1.90 meters) at the IAAF indoor meeting at Karlsruhe, Germany, on February 6. Yuliya Levchenko finished in fourth place (1.87 meters).

• Natalia Strohova won the 60-meter sprint at the 4th Martin Kutman Memorial tournament in Tartu, Estonia. Anna Luniova won silver in the long jump (6.16 meters).


• Sofiia Khobtar won gold in the women’s (51 kg) division of women’s cadets and Dmytro Meshchuk (57 kg) won gold in the men’s cadets at the Turkey Open tournament n February 14-17 in Istanbul. Dmytro Dzandzava (49 kg)  and Timur Faticov (53 kg) won second place in the men’s cadets division, Amina Bakkaieva (29 kg) won third place in the women’s cadet category, Oleksandr Oganov won third place in the men’s cadets (33 kg) division. Ivan Cheernychenko and Oleksandr Demchuk (61 kg) tied for third place in the men’s cadets, and Yurii Tonkopii (65 kg) won third place in the men’s cadets. In the junior men’s division, Andriy Sologub (73 kg) won second place, Mykyta Turgan and Danylo Manyuhin (78 kg) tied for third place. In the junior women’s division, Yuliana Korshavina (59 kg) won second place.


• Tania Prymak, 23, of Goshen, N.Y., finished in 10th place (1:16.20 seconds) at the Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup tour on February 18-28 in Bokwang, South Korea – the official Olympic test event for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games. It was the best finish for a U.S. female skier in a skicross World Cup event. In January, Prymak finished in 12th place in Watles, Italy. The next stop in the tour is in Arosa, Switzerland, for the sprint event and the 2015-2016 season final World Cup.


• Oleksandr Abramenko has won three World Cup events in men’s aerials for 2015-2016, with a silver and bronze on February 4-5 at Deer Valley, Utah, and bronze on December 19-20, 2015, in Beijing, China. Abramenko was recognized by the Ukrainian National Olympic Committee as the best sportsman for February 2016. Yury Kobelnyk, Abramenko’s coach, was named best coach for February.


• Mariya Muzychuk is set to play against Hou Yifan of China on March 1-18 at Potocki Palace in Lviv as part of the FIDE Women’s World Chess Championship Match. The one-on-one tournament is scheduled for 10 matches with a tie-breaker game if necessary. The matches are broken up with days off for the competitors