Saturday, June 23, 2018

UrFU students bring home medals from Universiade summer games

Students from Ural Federal University brought home numerous medals from the World Summer Universiade games held in Kazan earlier this month.

Eugene Schurmann, the deputy director of the Institute of Physical Culture, Sport and Youth Policy at Ural Federal University's Science, Sports and Innovation department, said that the university has positioned itself as a leader in Russian sport.

Ilya Khlybov brought home the gold medal of the World Student Games. He also won first place at the Universiade in Sambo. The freshman at Masters already holds the title of triple world champion, European champion and four-time Russian champion.

The competition in Kazan brought together 687 athletes in 27 sports. The Russian team led in overall standings from the start, and at the end of the games set an all-time record, winning one-third of the gold medals and a quarter of all medals. In total they won 155 gold, 75 silver and 62 bronze medals.

Third-year student Dmitry Hmyinin won the bronze medal in rowing, as did Moscow student Dennis Profit.

Xenia Ustalova, a student in the graduate School of Economics and Management at UrFU, won gold in the women's 400 meter. The silver medal in the same event went to Alena Tamkova. Together, the two, along with Nadia Kotlyarova and Catherine Renzhinoy, won the women's 4x400m relay, ahead of teams from Canada and South Africa.

Two members of the women's volleyball team came from UrFU, as well. In the Greco-Roman wrestling 55kg competition, Ivan Tatarinov won the gold. Ilya Khlybov also won the gold in the 62 kg group.