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Oiled point of the season


Oksana Okuneva. Photo: Reuters

When 12 years ago in the calendar of international athletics competitions appeared DecaNation, many experts predicted him good prospects and an enviable attention in the future.

Indeed, at first, this team tournament, traditionally held in France, was popular among the dozens of international stars.

Bribed its format. Each of the participants exhibited one representative among men and women in each of the species (generally 10-12), and for the ranking they received a certain number of points. The winner of the DecaNation became the team in the amount of gained it most.

But as the years passed, and the national teams of some countries actually lost to him the old interest, coming now with undisguised goal, so to speak, simply to serve the number. There were several reasons. First, unenviable prizes and other incentives. Recognized stars simply refused to speak actually for a “thank you”. Moreover, and this is the second, the competitions were usually held at the end of the season, when power and ambition of many athletes have already given serious failure.

Finally, in the third, restricted participants (usually 6 to 8 teams, and in 2012 they did was only 4), the definition of which to this day is puzzled questions. For example, why invite the mediocre in the athletic Arsenal of Japan, and overlook, say, Germany? Say, some of the teams themselves refusing from participation, but in this case the unenviable prestige of the tournament has already eloquently speaks for itself.

The most successful for the Ukrainian team was last season when she took third place. However, at the DecaNation-2017 in the city of Angers (where he also performed in USA, France, China, the Balkans, Japan and Poland), figuratively speaking, the point of the season in her performance turned out blurry. Despite a very solid lineup, boasting serious achievements appeared to be no one.

Yes, indirectly, you can congratulate visotnic Oksana Okuneva, which became the first. But if you add that to win she had the jump on just 188 cm, the level of its competitors becomes clear.

Were active representatives of Ukraine five third places (Alina Kalistratova and Serhiy Smelyk – 200 m; Anna Plotitsyna – 100 m; Sergey Nikiforov – length and Eugene Hutsol – 800 m), however, and their technical results are very far from least personal records. Well, about the others and say nothing. For example, in the sector of the triple jump Ruslan Cichocka became the fifth indicator 12.82 – some athletes still at school age jump better!

So no wonder that of the seven members of the Ukrainian team finished in sixth place, gaining in the end almost half of the points (65) than the winning team USA (122). Here’s our real level today…

Sergey DATSENKO, Sport-Express in Ukraine

ANGERS (France). International match DecaNation. Men. 100 m (+0,5). 1. Vico (France) – 10,05. 2. Harvey (Turkey) – 10,06. 3. Luo Wenyi (China) – 10,62… 7. IBRAGIMOV (Ukraine) – 10,92. 200 m (+0,4). 1. Lemaitre (France) – 20,36. 2. Haar (Japan) – 20,65. 3. The SMELYK (Ukraine) – of 20.97. 400 m. 1. Norwood (USA) – of 46.45. 2. Kovalyuk (Poland) – 46,95. 3. Orange-Vinel (France) – 47,44… 6. BUTRIM (Ukraine) – 48,81. 800 m. 1. Kawamoto (Japan) – 1.48,50. 2. ADJ (USA) – 1.49,28. 3. HUTSOL (Ukraine) – 1.49,54. 2000 m. 1. Mekhissi-Benabbad (France) – 5.22,85. 2. Matsueda (Japan) – 5.23,15. 3. Kalinowski (Poland) – 5.23,57… 5. KISHCHENKO (Ukraine) – 5.24,58. 110 m hurdles (+0,5). 1. Darien (France) – 13,57. 2. Takayama (Japan) Of 13.74. 3. Harris (USA) – fell 13.84. 4. SHAMATRIN (Ukraine) – 14,20. Pole. 1. Kendricks (USA) – 5.75. 2. Menaldo (France) – 5.60. 3. Yamamoto (Japan) – 5.50… MALYKHIN (Ukraine) – did not take initial height (5.00). Length. 1. Hartfield (USA) – 7.86. 2. Anic (Serbia) Is 7.67. 3. NIKIFOROV (Ukraine) – 7.60. . 1. Krauser (USA) – 21.77. 2. Heretic (Poland) – 21.38. 3. Peter (Bosnia) – 20.18… 5. SAMOLYUK (Ukraine) – 18.66. Spear. 1. Krukowski (Poland) – 78.19. 2. Paunovic (Serbia) – 74.54. 3. Dolezal (USA) – 74.08… 7. SHEREMET (Ukraine) – 66.29.

Women. 100 m (+1.2 m). 1. Pierre (United States) – of 11.27. 2. Kielbasinski (Poland) Of 11.46. 3. Ambassa-Dzanga (France) – 11,47… 5. KACHUR (Ukraine) – 11,88. 200 m (+0,1). 1. About (USA) – of 23.41. 2. Kielbasinski – 23,68. 3. KALISTRATOVA (Ukraine) – of 24.35. 400 m. 1. About – 51,96. 2. Razor (Romania) – 52,98. 3. Ferrassie (France) – 53,71… 5. KLIMYK (Ukraine) – 54,61. 800 m. 1. Ennui (Poland) – 2.05,72. 2. Sioma (Japan) – 2.06,19. 3. Yewbell (USA) – 2.08,77. 4. LOBANOV (Ukraine) is 2.10,06. 2000 m. 1. Rowbury (USA) – 5.48,22. 2. GALANT (Poland) – 5.50,54. 3. Tanaka (Japan) – 5.53,47… 6. ZHUSHMAN (Ukraine) – 6.26,74. 100 m (+1.2 m). 1. Castlin (USA) – 12,95. 2. Rings (Poland) – Of 13.13. 3. PLOTICYNA – 13,14. Height. 1. OKUNEVA (both – Ukraine) – 1.88. 2. Patterson (USA) – 1.85. 3. Vuković (Serbia) Is 1.82. Triple. 1. Assani-Yssouf (France) – 13.62. 2. Toma (Romania) – 13.46. 3. Miyasaka (Japan) – 13.27… 5. TSIHOTSKY (Ukraine) – 12.82. Disk. 1. Robert-Michon (France) – 60.06. 2. Tomashevich (Serbia) – 57.99. 3. Zabawski (Poland) – 57.71. 4. SEMENOVA (Ukraine) – 57.32. Hammer. 1. Caproni (Poland) – 72.03. 2. Price (USA) – 70.60. 3. Petrivska (Moldova) – 69.68… 6. NOVOZHILOV (Ukraine) – 60.70.

The team scoring. 1. The US – 122 points. 2. France – 103. 3. Poland – 95. 4. Japan – 80. 5. The Balkans – 76. 6. UKRAINE – 65. 7. China – 25.

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