ITS OLYMPIC ACHIEVEMENT
Astana, August 17: As
the 2012 Olympics drew to a close in London, Kazakhstan was celebrating its
spectacular achievement in the Games. With 13 medals in total, including seven
gold, one silver and five bronze, Kazakhstan secured 12th place
in the unofficial team rankings.
Games got off to a spectacular start when cyclist Aleksandr
Vinokourov claimed a gold medal in the men’s road race on the first full day of
competition, unleashing a wave of Olympic fever at home among Kazakhstanis of
extent of Kazakhstan’s success took other countries by surprise and rapidly
became a topic of great interest in the coverage of the Olympics. When, during
the first week, Kazakhstan momentarily overtook neighbouring Russia in the
unofficial team rankings, the sense of excitement among Kazakhstanis was
final tally of 13 medals makes this the most successful Olympic Games ever for
Kazakhstan. And of course, the country salutes not just the medal-winners, but
every one of its Olympic contestants and their support team, for their
dedication, hard work and contribution to the success of Team Kazakhstan.
momentum kept up throughout the Games, with a fitting close for Kazakhstan when
the team claimed bronze, silver and gold medals on the closing day.
how the medals were won:
28: Cyclist Aleksandr
Vinokourov wins a sensational gold medal in the men’s road race, outstripping
the favourites to become Olympic champion.
29: Zulfiya Chinshanlo takes
first place in the women’s 53kg weightlifting category. She
sets a new world record in the Clean and Jerk (C&J) at 131 kg, and beats
the Olympic record for the two events combined – 226 kg.
July: Maiya Maneza becomes
Olympic champion in the women’s 58kg weightlifting category and sets a new
Olympic record for the snatch - 245 kg.
3: Svetlana Podobedova wins a gold medal in the women’s 75 kg weightlifting
category after a closely fought contest, also setting a new Olympic record for
the C&J at 161 kg.
4: Ilya Ilin wins a gold
medal for the second time in the men’s 94 kg weightlifting category, setting
two new world records in the process - for C&J at 233 kg and for the two
events combined with a total 418 kg.
5: Olga Rypakova wins a
gold medal in the triple jump with a distance of 14.98 metres, clearing her
closest rival by 18 cms.
6: Daniyal Gadzhiyev wins a
bronze medal in men’s 84 kg Greco-Roman wrestling.
9: Marina Volnova wins a
bronze medal in the women’s middle (75 kg) boxing category - becoming the first
woman from Kazakhstan to win an Olympic medal in boxing.
Manyurova wins a bronze medal in women’s 72kg freestyle wrestling.
10: Ivan Dychko wins a
bronze medal in men’s super heavy (+91 kg) boxing.
12: Akzhurek Tanatarov wins
a bronze medal in men’s 66kg freestyle wrestling.
Sapiyev becomes Olympic champion in men’s welter (69 kg) boxing and is awarded
the Val Barker trophy for best boxing technique at the Olympics.
Niyazymbetov wins a silver medal in men’s light heavy (81 kg) boxing.