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ROC chief lauds Russian figure skaters' results at 2018 Winter Olympics

IANS  |  PyeongChang (South Korea) 

The silver medals clinched by Russian figure skaters in a team competition event at the 2018 in South Koreas PyeongChang is a well-deserved result, of the (ROC) said.

"(This is) an excellent result, I want to congratulate everyone. They were great and deserved the award. I would like to extend special congratulations to the coaches," Zhukov told news agency.

"Every medal now is worthy of special congratulations. This is just a beginning. Each participant in the team event has a good chance of winning medals (in individual competitions)," he stressed.

Olympic debutants -- Evgenia Medvedeva, 18, and Alina Zagitova, 15 -- contributed to the overall success.

Zagitova took home the gold in the free skating event, while Medvedeva was second to none in the short program breaking the world record. "Zhenya (Evgenia) and Alina are the two best figure skaters," Zhukov emphasized.

Competing at under the neutral status, figure skaters from chalked up an overall of 66 points to win the silver.

The gold went to the Canadian team with 73 points, and Team USA was awarded the bronze with 62 points.

Late last year, the (IOC) suspended the membership of the (ROC) over doping abuse allegations but allowed clean Russian athletes to participate in under the Olympic flag and under the neutral status of Olympic Athletes from

This is the second medal for Russian 'neutral' athletes at Short track speed won the bronze on February 10 in the men's 1,500 meters.



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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 15:52 IST