Russia-Ukraine War: Yaroslava Mahuchikh won the gold medal in the high jump at the World Indoor Championships on Saturday. For this, Mahuchikh has overcome all the constraints of the ongoing armed conflict in his country Ukraine. Mahuchikh was forced to flee his home after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, hiding in a dungeon and eventually traveling 2,000 km in three days to Belgrade. Mahuchikh had left his home in Dnipro three weeks before the war escalated. Amidst “hundreds of phone calls, many changes of direction, explosions, fire and air raid sirens” Mahuchikh found his way to Serbia.
Mahuchikh won bronze in Tokyo Olympics
The current European Indoor High Jump champion Mahuchikh won an Olympic bronze in Tokyo in 2019 and a world outdoor silver in Doha in 2019. Australian player Eleanor Patterson, who won silver in this competition, said, “Winning a silver behind Yaroslava makes it even more special. He had to face such hardships which no one deserves, so I am very proud of him too. Patterson painted his nails blue and yellow in support of Ukraine.
Patterson said, “I have stayed at the Ukrainian team hotel and I have seen them exchange small smiles and small gestures of support. Let us tell you that 20-year-old Mahuchikh Belgrade is one of the six-member women’s Ukrainian team.” Is.
Russian athlete could not join
Mahuchik’s victory came in the absence of Russia’s Maria Lasitskain, who had won a gold medal competing in Tokyo as a recognized neutral athlete. Following the World Athletics ban on Russian and Belarusian athletes following the invasion of Ukraine, Lesitskain was kicked out of the World Indoor.
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