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On the 11th day of the competitions at the Athens Olympics the Russian athletes won three gold, two silver and two bronze medals
Russia took gold already in the first final competition in which cyclist Mikhail Ignatyev won top honours in the track points race. It is safe to say that the 19-year-old native of St. Petersburg made a sensation because he was not viewed as a favourite in this event before the start. Weightlifter Dmitri Berestov who emerged victorious in the up to 100 kg weight class brought the second gold medal to Russia on Tuesday. At the end of the day the Russian sport lovers were gratified by the performances of Yelena Isinbayeva and Svetlana Feofanova who clinched gold and silver respectively in women's pole vault. Only these two Russian athletes stiffly competed for the two places at the top. Feofanova could oust her rival from the top in her last attempt but failed to vault 490 cm. After Isinbayeva won the Olympic title she cleared the bar at 491 cm in her last attempt thereby beating her world record by 1 cm. In women's track sprint cycle race Tamilla Abasova lost to Lori-Ann Muenzer of Canada, bringing one more silver medal to Russia. As for the bronze medals, Natalya Antyukh's third place in the 400-metre race can be considered to be a success. By contrast, Dmitri Sautin could claim a higher place in 3-metre springboard diving but failed in his last dive. As a result, the gold medal went to Bo Peng of China, and silver - to Alexandre Despatie of Canada. Bad luck affected Irina Shevchenko who was viewed as a favourite in women's 100-metre hurdles race. One of her competitors - Perdita Felicien of Canada - hit the very first hurdle during the race and fell hampering Irina Shevchenko's run. The Russian athlete lost precious time and bowed out of the race. The Russian athletes registered success also in sports games. In the quarterfinal match the women volleyball players took a rather easy win (3-0) over the South-Korean team. Our male handball players spared no effort in the match with France and won 26-24. Our famed goal-keeper Andrei Lavrov is rightfully viewed as one of the main heroes of this match. Summing up the results of the Russian Olympic athletes' performance on Tuesday, it should be noted that so far it was the most fortunate day for them in the number of gold medals taken at the Athens Olympics. Russia's national team now boasts 9 gold, 18 silver and 21 bronze medals.
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