October 12, 2019
Pursuit of Elfutina and Burmistrenko
According to the VFPS press service, the third race day of the Russian championship in the RS: X windsurfing class, held in Sochi on the basis of the Yug Sport Federal State Budgetary Institution, again did not bring weather surprises to the athletes: the races were held in low winds, and the leaders were those who better prepared not only tactically but also physically.
At the same time, it is encouraging that in each of the three races held, men had different winners. In the first, the athlete of the Krestovsky Ostrov sailing school (St. Petersburg) Vladislav Burmistrenko became the best. In the second, Evgeny Ayvazyan, representative of the Sochi Olympic Training Center. And in the third – another yachtsman from the city of Neva – Ilya Kirichuk.
“Today the conditions were difficult: it was cloudy and had to look for gusts that could come either from the left or from the right,” Ilya Kirichuk said after the races. – No one could predict where to go: they simply threw a coin and chose the side. Following my tactics, I had to stay close to the shore. And due to the fact that all the guys gathered on the sign, I had to leave under all. And so lucky: an impulse came that, besides me, did not come to anyone! I was able to break away from the leaders and became a leader myself. ”
This victory helped Ilya, the fifth, to slightly reduce the backlog from the top three and to come close to Maxim Tokarev from the Khlebnikovo school. Now the fourth and fifth places are shared by only one point.
As a result, after three races held on Friday in men, the disposition did not change. The first place continues to be held by Vladislav Burmistrenko, who scored 15 points (3-1-3-1-4 * -1-3-3). Following him, with a lag of two points, Evgeny Ayvazyan (2-4-2-4-1-3-3-1-5 *) settled down. Alexander Askerov has one more point (5 * -2-1-3-3-2-5-2) – he goes third.
But the girls had a castling in the fight for bronze. Anastasia Shchedrina, representing the Academy of Sailing of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, completed the race with the third, sixth and fourth arrivals and dropped to fourth place. The third line of the interim protocol is now occupied by Anna Khvorikova, an athlete at the Krestovsky Island school. In the first race of the day, Anna was able to again get ahead of the team leader Stefania Elfutin and came first. Now Anna has 21 points (1-4-5-3-6 * -1-4-3). The second place is taken by Muscovite Yana Reznikova. The 16-year-old athlete scored 17 points at the moment (3-2-1-5-2-6 * -2-2). The first – with nine points scored – remains Stephanie Elfutina. Only three times in eight races did she finish second, and she won the remaining five.
“We believe and hope that the other girls will be able to catch up with Stephanie,” said Natalya Ivanova, head coach of the Russian national team. – We have talented youth – the past season has shown it. Yana Reznikova won the world championship, which was held in St. Petersburg. Anna Khvorikova also pulls herself up, begins to periodically “bite” Stefania – already in two races she came in front of her. It is clear that they are very, very far from Stefania – she is an unconditional leader. Nevertheless, this is a very good trend. Stefa has a very high international level, and if the girls begin to cling, then they are already able to fight in the gold fleet at the level of the largest international starts.
Both Yana and Anna are still very young, they have time for progress. And there is Stephanie with whom they can grow. It is clear that this year for Stephanie is connected with the solution of a few other problems: there is a purposeful preparation for the Olympic Games. But there are still boys, competing with whom, girls improve their results. They all train together, and this is very useful for girls. This usually happens: in countries where there are strong guys, girls are also getting better. And after the Games in Tokyo, we will unite everyone in one group and will try to do complex gatherings so that young people can learn from older comrades. ”
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