Belarus in sporting events (March 7-13)


Belarus in sporting events (March 7-13)

The women's national handball team of Belarus last week played two matches of the European Championship qualification. Both were against Lithuania and both went well. On Wednesday, the team of the Slovenian coach Tomaz Cater ensured the victory in Kaunas 29:21. Then, in Minsk, Belarus also celebrated a victory 38:35. However, to beat the Lithuanians was not a hard task but what will be with the favorites, Norway and Romania? To win there is a task of quite a different level. Belarus will try to resolve this task at the beginning of June.

Tsmoki Minsk also had two matches last week. In the VTB United League they took on Saratov Avtodor. Both in Minsk and in Saratov, Igor Grischuk's Tsmoki lost with a large difference (13 and 23 points).

The Norwegian Holmenkollen hosted the Biathlon World Championships. In the absence of Darya Domracheva Belarus did not hope for medals. In the end, Belarus were out of the top 10 and without any podium finishes. However, there were some surprises. Among them is the performance of Vladimir Chepelin. The number 13 was lucky for him: first he completed the sprint in 13th, setting a personal record, and then became 13th and in the mass start, losing to the winner less than a minute. Who knows, perhaps it is Vladimir Chepelin who will take Belarusian men's biathlon out of years of lethargy.

Victoria Azarenka is beginning the tournament in Indian Wells. In the second round match, she was stronger than Zarina Diyas from Kazakhstan, 6:3, 6:2. Now the Belarusian is already in the fourth round.

In the first round of the tournament, other Belarusians were involved, including Alexandra Sasnovich and Olga Govortsova. But, alas, both lost to opponents with higher rating - Barbora Strýcová and Margarita Gasparyan, respectively. Both lost with the same score, 1:6, 3:6.

The European Wrestling Championships were held last week in Riga. The Belarus women's team took there second place in the team ranking. The girls scooped two bronze, one silver and one gold medal. Gold was brought to Belarus by Maria Mamashuk, in the category up to 69 kilograms.

Male freestyle wrestlers also brought from the capital of Latvia four medals, but this time they did not win any golds. In the Greco-Roman section, Iosif Chugoshvili and Alexander Grabovik were among bronze medal winners.