Ukrainian Invictus Games team wins 9 medals

Ukrainian Invictus Games team wins 9 medals - 1 - изображение

Invictus Games

Invictus Games, founded by HRH The Duke of Sussex in 2014. International competitions for veterans and military personnel who were wounded, injured or ill while performing their duties.

Ukraine joined the Invictus Games in 2017, making its debut at the competition in Toronto, Canada, and in 2018 in Sydney, Australia. In May 2020, the international competition was supposed to take place in The Hague, but due to quarantine restrictions caused by COVID-19, it was postponed to 2022.

Invictus Games

During the two days of competition (April 17-18), the Ukrainian Invictus Games team won 5 medals.

On Monday, April 18:

  • in the team archery competition, Ukrainians won silver: Dmytro Afanasiev, Serhiy Kalytyuk and Vasyl Stuzhenko became medalists.
  • In the shot put, we have three medals. Our heroes won gold in their respective categories: Viktor Legkodukh with a score of 7.32, Rustam Rosul with a score of 5.86, and Serhiy Pryadka with a score of 8.33.
  • Anna-Sophia Puzanova, daughter of Yulia Payevska, who is currently a prisoner of war, won a bronze medal in archery in the beginner category.

Thus, we have 9 medals:

  • Gold – 3
  • Silver – 3
  • Bronze – 3

On the first day, Rodion Sitdikov opened the scoring with a gold medal in the shot put. With a result of 9.46 meters, he became the best in his category.

The Ukrainians won two more medals in the long jump: Artem Lukashuk was second in his category with a mark of 5.20 meters, and Ivan Heretsun jumped 5.10 meters to take third place.

Oleksiy Bobchynets completed the successful sports day by winning a bronze medal in the 1500 meters with a result of 5:42.50.

Thus, the first day of the competition brought our team four medals – gold, silver and two bronze.

Project goal

The goal of the Invictus Games in Ukraine project is to create new opportunities for wounded and traumatized Ukrainian veterans and servicemen, supporting them on their way to physical recovery, psychological rehabilitation and social integration. The project team promotes the development and popularization of sports as an effective rehabilitation for wounded soldiers, and encourages society and the state to create the necessary conditions for this.

Photo: Center for Strategic Communications StratCom Ukraine

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