By Yuri Kovalev
European Athletics Under-23 Championship in Czech Republic brings five medals for Belarusian national team
The result is good, as proven by the fulfilment of the team’s targets. The Ostrava event saw acute competition from top athletes, so the Belarusian squad did well, performing with spirit and determination. On the eve of departure for the Czech Republic, head coach Anatoly Baduev accentuated that our young athletes’ Olympic prospects would be decided.
Alina Talay seems set to have an excellent chance of qualifying, having done well at the European Team Championships in Stockholm, taking silver in the 100m hurdles. Several weeks later, she reached the finals in Ostrava, again taking silver, yielding only to Swiss Lisa Urech. However, Urech failed to compete against Alina in the finals, where Talay produced a satisfying 12.91 second finish. This proves her reliability and mental strength, which should stand her in good stead.
The remaining medals for the Belarusian team were earned by Anastasia Kashtanova (second in discus throwing), Eduard Mikhan (silver for the decathlon), Oleg Dubitsky (third in hammer throwing) and Yana Maximova (bronze for the heptathlon).