2018 was very rich in victories of Ukrainian athletes. But it should be said that these athletes opened up their talents to the world in the past year. Olympic champion Abramenko, world Champions Bilodid, Cherkasova, Romanchuk – these achievements of Ukrainians in the sport give hope that Ukraine will be felt not only in the key of a protracted political crisis and corruption.
Brief biography: Alexander Abramenko was born on 4 may 1988, in Pervomaysk, Mykolaiv region. He graduated from the Nikolaev national University of shipbuilding. Started training at 10 years old, the first jump was performed at the age of 12 years. The pupil of the honored trainer of Ukraine Yury Kobelnik from Nikolaev. In the national team trains under the leadership of Enver Ablaev of Mukachevo.
The first Ukrainian winner of the world Cup in ski acrobatics. In the summer of 2016 got injured in training water jump. Was damaged the cruciate and lateral ligaments and meniscus.
Achievements: 18 February 2018 won the gold medal at the winter Olympics and became the first Olympic champion in freestyle in the national team of Ukraine.
To Pyeongchang Ukrainian participated in the Olympic Games in Vancouver (27), Turin (24) and Sochi (6).
Alexander Abramenko – the first Olympic champion in freestyle and the one who received the award in Pyeongchang for the Olympic team of Ukraine. Alexander Abramenko also entered the history of Ukrainian sports, as the first man, who won the award the highest dignity in the Olympics during the time of independent Ukraine.
Brief biography: Diane Yastremsky was born 15 may 2000 in Odessa. Tennis started at 5 years of age. One of the stories she saw in the Park, tennis courts and interested. And to practice it took grandpa Ivan Yastremsky. Although, in addition to tennis, Diane at a young age she studied gymnastics, dance and swimming.
In 15 years, Diana has won the first professional title. And managed to win not just 10-thousand, with which begin all the young tennis player, and won from 25-thousand in Brazil, overcoming on the way many more experienced players. While defeated in the finals of the tournament second seeded Alize lim from France, not giving her a single set.
Achievements: Dayana Yastremsky – the first ever tennis player born in the 2000s, which has won 25-thousand ITF.
Talk about Yastremsky as the new star of Ukrainian tennis fell after the WTA tournament in Hong Kong, where she won the first WTA title in her career. At this tournament another Ukrainian Elina Svitolina was first seeded. But lost in the quarterfinals to Chinese van. It was the Chinese in the final and won by 18-year-old Yastremsky.
At the time of winning the tournament in Hong Kong Yastremsky was 18 years and 4 months. She became the youngest tennis player in Ukraine, which reached the final of the WTA tournament and won it. For example, Svitolina was 18 years and 10 months when she won her first WTA tournament.
Short bio: Daria Bilodid was born 10 October 2000, in Kiev in a family of wrestlers Gennady Bilodid and Svetlana Kuznetsova, who became her coaches. In 2017, he entered the faculty of journalism at the University. Of Taras Shevchenko.
His first adult medal was won by Bilodid in March 2017 on the open Continental Cup in Prague. But already on 20 April 2017, she became the champion of Europe in weight category to 48 kg at the European Championships in judo in Warsaw, where in the final he defeated Russian Irina Dolgova.
According to female athletes, she loves to listen to “Ocean Elzy” and is interested in sports journalism, which wants to make their profession.
Achievements: Bilodid was the first among the Ukrainian, who won gold at the world judo Championships. The award was won by Daria 20 September 2018 in Baku, having won in the weight category up to 48 kg world champion and the Fun of Tonaki from Japan.
Darius Bilodid recognized as the best judoka in the world in 2018 in the category up to 48 kilograms.
In addition, Bilodid became the youngest world champion in judo. At the time of the conquest gold Ukrainka was 17 years and 345 days. Previously, the record belonged to the Japanese Ryoko Tani (18 years and 27 days).
Brief biography: Alexander Gvozdik was born 15 April 1987 in Kharkiv. Graduated from Kharkiv national pedagogical University named after Skovoroda. Now studying at the National law Academy named after Yaroslav the Wise.
Sports career began in 5th grade with classes in kickboxing. But after 4 months switched to Boxing and his first fight was won.
Achievements: at the Olympic games in London 2012, reached the semifinals in his weight category. In 2013, Alexander took the gold at the summer Universiade in Kazan.
2 December 2018 won the canadian Adonis Stevenson and won the title of world champion under version WBC light heavyweight title. Early Ukrainian won the fight with a short right hand after a series of blows in the 11th round. This is a great achievement in the professional career of a Ukrainian.
Brief biography: Martha Kostiuk appeared on 28 June 2002 in a sports family in Kiev. Her mother Tallinn Kostyuk (maiden name – Bako) too, in his time, was a professional tennis. The girl’s father Oleg Kostyuk the time was technical Director of the Junior tournament “ante”.
Professional sport is difficult to reconcile with schooling. To class 8, Mar studied at one of the schools of Kiev, the 9th grade moved to external training. All due to the increase in the number of trainings, including those abroad, and participation in international competitions.
Achievements: at the Australian Open in 2018 Martha Kostiuk was a sensation. 15-year-old Ukrainian became the youngest participant in the main draw of the tournament. Prior to that, she had to qualify where she in three matches, defeated Australian Arina Rodionov, the Chilean Daniel Segel, and the Czech Barbora Krejcikova. After Mar won the first round of the 27th ranked Chinese woman Peng Shuai 6:2, 6:2. For this she needed only 59 minutes. This March is not stopped, and in the second round he won the Australian Olbia Rogovsky – 6:3, 7:5.
And yet in the third round he was waiting for a serious test – the first racket of Ukraine and seeded fourth in the competition Elina Svitolina. Derby Ukrainians on the courts of Melbourne on 19 January. But still March in a bitter struggle lost to the fourth racket of the world – 2:6, 2:6.
Sport: football. Role: goalkeeper.
Short biography: Andrey Lunin was born on 11 Feb 1999 in the city of Krasnograd of Kharkov region. In 6 years came to soccer, to the first coach Ivan Manko. The father encouraged the son, and the mom and I was not sure that Andrew need a player’s career, but when he came the first success, began to ride with him on the charges.
Started goalie with mini soccer and striker, but sometimes the coach Andrew gates. In his native Region, was the football club “Fakel”, but there Lunin to play never wanted. With a local team, consisting of boys 2 years older than Andrew for the company went to Kharkov and on the weekends he played for local “the Arsenal”. 11 years old young football player was invited to the “Metalist”, where in a few years he signed his first in life professional contract.
Achievements: achievement in the career of Ukrainians began to transfer to real Madrid. 22 Jun 2018 Lunin went for 9 million euros to the Spanish club “real Madrid”, signing a contract for 6 seasons. Public presentation of the Ukrainian goalkeeper was 23 July 2018. Made his debut for the club in a match of the International Champions Cup against “Manchester United” began meeting on the bench. After a break went on the field instead of Kiko Casili with the score 1:2, spent the entire second half and missed.
In late August of 2018 was officially announced the transition Lunin on the terms of the employee’s hire into the ranks of another club in La Liga “leganés”.
Also on March 23, 2018 fully played the friendly match of the national team of Ukraine vs national team of Saudi Arabia, thus debuting in the main Ukrainian national team and became at the age of 19 years and 40 days the youngest goalie in its history.
Brief biography: Sviatoslav mykhailiuk was born on 10 Jun 1997 in Cherkassy. Graduated from the First city gymnasium of Cherkassy. From 2013 to 2018 Mikhailyuk studied at Kansas state University (USA).
Svyatoslav began his professional basketball club “Cherkassy Monkeys” and is known for its quality luterskie skills. Svyatoslav decided not to go directly into the NBA after a speech at a professional club and had to choose between two reputable organizations NCAA – University “Virginia Tech” and “Kansas Jayhawks”. In the end, he chose “Kansas”. During the season, the senior who became the most productive career period “Kansas”, with an average score of 14.6 points in three-point accuracy more than 44%.
Achievements: 15 years Svyatoslav Mikhailuk made the top 40 most promising players of Europe in 16 years – at the European Championships was second in total points, and only he was 17 years debuted in the Ukrainian national team at the world championship in the status of the youngest participant in the history of the competition.
The biggest achievement in career of the Ukrainian basketball player entered the NBA team “Los Angeles Lakers”. 21 June 2018 at the sports complex “Barclays center” in Brooklyn in the second round of the NBA draft, was selected under the 47th room club “Los Angeles Lakers”. On July 10 he signed with the club a three-year contract worth $ 4.6 million. Debuted for the team in NBA Summer League vs Sacramento.
Brief biography: 17-year-old Catherine Chorny hails from a sporting family. Mother and grandfather fencers, dad – rower on canoe and kayak. The choice of Catherine fencing influenced grandfather, who is a coach in this sport. As says the athlete, the sport was genetically inherent in it. With 9 year old Catherine is coached by Dmitry Chorny Reslin with which they are inseparable to this day.
Catherine Chorny reads George sand, loves autumn and the dogs.
Achievements: in October 2018 at the III youth Olympic games in Buenos Aires spagetka Catherine Chorny is the only Ukrainian athlete who won two gold medals. First Ukrainian athlete won gold in the individual championship, and later became a champion mixed teams in the “Europe 1”.
It is interesting that initially Catherine Chorny are unable to qualify for the YOG in Buenos Aires, losing in the 1/8 finals of the cadet world championship. Subsequently, however, one of the countries refused to participate and Chorny will automatically receive a quota for the coveted competition.
Brief biography: Michael Romanchuk was born on 7 Aug 1996 in Kiev. All his life Mikhail trains under the guidance of Peter Nagorny. Married to an athlete Maryna Bekh.
Achievements: the biggest achievement in the career of Michael is the gold at the world swimming Championships, which took place in December 2018. Also time the Ukrainians in the 1500 meter freestyle was a new record of the world championship on swimming on “short water”.
Also in 2018, Michael has received 2 gold medals and 1 silver at the European Championships in Glasgow.
Sports: hammer throwing (track and field).
Brief biography: Michael Cohan was born on 22 January 2001. Athletics Michael began with 13 years in the sport has led him father-coach. Studying young Ukrainian in Dnepropetrovsk higher school of physical culture.
Achievements: 7 June 2018 in the Hungarian city of Gyor Michael Cohan became the champion of Europe among juniors in the hammer throw (5 kg) – 87,82 m. Also, the result was a world record among men U-18.
And in October 2018 Kohan won gold at the Youth Olympic games in Buenos Aires – 85,14 m.
Sport: high jump (athletics).
Brief biography: Yaroslav Maguchy was born on 19 September 2001. Lives and studies in the river. To athletics Yaroslav since 7 years. After leaving school wants to become a coach.
Achievements: in July 2018 at the European Championships in athletics U-18 at the Hungarian győr was awarded the medal in the women’s high jump. Yaroslav won the gold. To win her was a result 186 cm, However, the Ukrainian did not stop and began chasing the tournament record. On the third attempt she managed to take the height of 194 cm – a new record for the Junior European Championships.
In October 2018 Maguchy won the Youth Olympic games in Argentina. In the first stage of Yaroslav showed the result of 1.92 m on the second – 1.95 m, which is her personal record.
Also on account of our compatriot’s record world Championships U-18 jump height of 1.92 m.
Brief biography: Valery Chebotar was born on 27 July 1993 in Bukovina. In 5 years the father Valery brought her son to karate. At the age of 16, Valery Chebotar left karate and went to the football, but after inviting a former karate teacher is back. And for good reason.
Achievements: 10 Nov 2018 Valery Chebotar has received silver at the world Championships in karate. Unfortunately, due to injury, which the Ukrainian was in the team competition, Cebotari was unable to enter the final fight against the Croat Ivan Kwesiga. Valery is very sorry that failed to compete for the gold, because the athlete was 99% sure of victory.
This victory was historic for Ukrainian karate because it was the first Ukrainian athlete won the award in competition of such level.
Sport: synchronized swimming.
Brief biography: Elizabeth Yakhno was born on 4 June 1998. Originally from Donetsk, and now lives and trains in Kharkov.
Achievements: in August 2018 Yakhno won seven awards at the European Championships in Glasgow – one gold, five silver and one bronze. Thus, in 20 years Yakhno is a three-time winner of the European games, a four-time world Championships medalist and seven-time winner of the European championship.
Also Elizabeth Yakhno recognized as the best synchro swimmer in the world in 2018 by the International swimming Federation.
Brief biography: Alla Cherkasova was born may 5, 1989 in Lviv. Graduated from Lviv state University of physical culture. Together with her husband, is raising 5-year-old son. Engage in wrestling Alla Cherkasova explained her cousin. Favorite hobby Alla – cross stitching.
Achievements: 24 October 2018 Alla Cherkasova became world champion in freestyle wrestling in Hungary. Ward Alexei Miller and Andriy Pistun was the best in the weight category up to 68 kg Before the biggest achievement of Alla was bronze at the world Championships in 2010 and 11th place at the Olympic Games-2016 in Rio.
Brief biography: Elena Starikova was born 22 April 1996.
Achievements: in early December, 2018 Olena Starikova won the world Cup on track. In the gold race was won by world champion Stephanie Morton of Australia. She twice ahead of Russian Anastasia Voinova.
Also Elena Starikova is a two-time silver medalist of European championship-2018 in Scotland.
Sport: walking (athletics).
Brief biography: Marjan Sokolnicki was born 19 August 1994. Sports walk started in 9th grade. Kola graduated from the Polytechnical College, student, faculty of physical education Pereyaslav-Khmelnytsky state pedagogical University named after Gregory Skovoroda.
Moved to Kiev in 2013, home of Irina and Alexander Shevchenko. In October 2014, debuted at the championship and received the title of master of sports. In the Championship of Ukraine among young people in 2016 in Ivano-Frankivsk became the winner on a distance of 50 km.
Achievements: 7 August 2018 Sokolnicki won in race walking for 50 kilometers at the European Championships in Berlin. 23-year-old Ukrainian athlete has passed the distance in 3 hours 46 minutes and 32 seconds, ahead of nearest rival – Slovak matej Toth – 55 seconds.