Russia is currently in fourth position in Beijing Olympics. They currently hold 16 gold, 16 silver and 20 bronze in medal listings. Russia sent 470 athletes to compete in Beijing. They compete in all sports except Baseball, Football, Field Hockey, Softball and Taekwondo. Russian athletes made tremendous achievements in this Olympics. They break many World records and Olympic records in this Olympics. Their golden world record glamor Pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva won gold medal by breaking her own world record in this Olympics. List of medalist who grab the medals in Beijing are in the following,
1. Nazyr Mankiev
Russian wrestler Nazyr Mankiev won gold medal in Men’s Greco-Roman 55 kilogram Wrestling. He defeated Rovshan Bayramov of Azerbaijan in the final. In first period of the game, Bayramov scored 3 points by lifting Nazyr Mankiev. But immediately Mankiev scored final 4 points. In second period two are tied at 2. In last Mankiev won the last score. He defeated Iran’s three-time defending world champion Hamid Soryan in the quarterfinals. Mankiev is very powerful wrestler. He won the bronze medal in last World championship. By winning the gold medal in Beijing, he proved that he is the strongest man in the world.
2. Valeriy Borchin
Walker Valeriy Borchin won the gold medal in the Men’s 20km Walk in Beijing. It is the Russia’s first athletics gold of the Beijing Olympics. He defeated three-time world champion and Olympics gold medalist Jefferson Perez of Ecuador. Borchin moved ahead of Perez at the 18-kilometer mark and increased his lead over the final stages. He secured many achievements. He won the silver medal in the 20 km race at the 2006 European Championships and World Race Walking Challenge in 2008. Eventhough he served a one-year drugs ban in the 2005/06 season, at last he gain a gold crown in his head.
3. Elena Dementieva
Professional tennis player Elena Dementieva won the gold medal for women’s single tennis by defeating her country mate Dinara Safina. Double faults are the problems of Dementieva, but in the final she take the advantage of Safina’s 17 double faults. Elena Dementieva is currently in 5th seed in world rank position. Her carrier achievements are undefinable. She started her carrier at the age of 13 by winning the international tournament, Les Petit As, in France. In 2000, she reach in top 20 position and she became the first Russian woman to reach the US Open semifinals, but she defeated by Lindsay Davenport in semi final. In Sydeny Olympics she won silver medal. She suffered a shoulder injury in 2001. From this she altered her serve, adding slice and changing her motion. Due to this many people consider it the worst serve among the top players. 2004 is the breakthrough year of Dementieva. In this year, she defeated Venus Williams in the quarterfinals and Nadia Petrova in the semifinals in Miami tennis tournament. Due to this she reached in 6th seed in world. Now she won gold medal in Beijing Olympics.
4. Larisa Ilchenko
Eight time world champion of Russian’s favorite swimmer Larisa Ilchenko proved her worth by grabing a gold medal at the Women’s 10km Marathon Swimming Race at Beijing Olympics by defeating Keri-Anne Payne and Cassie Patten of Great Britain. She had wondefrful achievements in her carrer. She won her first world championship at the age of 16 in Dubai. In Napoli world championship, she become the 5k & 10k Open Water world champion. In 2006, leading American Swimming World magazine named her long distance swimmer of the year. She was also Open Water world champion in 2007. In Beijing Olympics, exploiting the smooth conditions of water she added a gold medal in her swimming carrer at the age of only 19.
5. Anastasia Davydova and Anastasia Ermakova (Synchronized swimming Team)
World’s no 1 ranking holders in synchronized swimming, Anastasia Davydova and Anastasia Ermakova of Russia won their third Olympic gold medal in synchronized swimming duet in Beijing Olympics by defeating the team of Spain and Japan. Both are three times Olympic champions and are very talented. They who won Duet and Team gold in synchronized swimming at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. The result of the Beijing Olympics is the repetition of Melbourne 2007 World Championship. Because the top eight teams finishing in the same order as Melbourne World Championship. Spain won the silver and Japan won the bronze in this game. By winning the gold medal, Davydova and Ermakova proved that they are world’s no 1 synchronized swimmers.
6. Andrey Silnov
Andrey Silnov won the gold medal in men’s high jump at the Beijing Olympics by defeating Britain’s Germaine Mason and Yaroslav Rybakov of Russia. He jumped in 2.36 meters long. Silnov started his carrer at the age of 7. His father was a miner and his mother is a factory worker. He has two coaches named Sergey Starykh and Yevgeniy Zagorulko. He made many achievements in his carrier. He won gold medal at the 2006 European Championship. He was not elected in Russian team for Olympics at first. Because Silnov finished fourth in Russia’s national championships in Kazan. But at last he jumped a new personal best of 2.38, in the London and was selected to join in the Russian team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Now in Beijing, he won gold medal for his country.
7. Olga Kaniskina
Russian race walker Olga Kaniskina won the gold medal in the 20 km walk in Beijing Olympics. She finished the event amidst the rain with a new Olympic record. Her carrier achievements are undefinable. He took silver medal in European Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden. In 2007, she won the gold medal at the World Championships in Osaka, Japan. In the Russian Indoor Championships in 2008 she won the first place with world record of 1:25:42. But this record does not stand.Because IAAF rules require that three official judges must be present during the race for a world record to be recognized and there weren’t any international judges at the event. However in Beijing, she broke the Olympic record with time 1:26:31and won the gold medal for her country.
8. Yelena Isinbayeva
The golden world record glamour of Yelena Isinbayeva won gold medal in Pole vault with world record of 5.05m. She broke her own world record and won second consecutive Olympic gold medal in Beijing. She also won gold medal in Athens Olympics. In Pole vault, she set 23 world records and won eight straight gold medals in indoor and outdoor championships. Also she has been selected IAAF Female Athlete of the Year in 2004 and 2005. In July 2005, Isinbayeva broke the world record four times. Isinbayeva is formally an officer in the Russian army, and on August 4, 2005 she was given the military rank of senior lieutenant. Her father is a plumber and a member of a small ethnic group of Tabasarans. Her mother is a shop assistant. They had to make many financial sacrifices for her carrer. By winning the gold medal in Beijing, she proved that she is the one of the most successful athletes of her generation.
9. Buvaisar Saitiev
Russian freestyle wrestler Buvaisar Saitiev won gold medal in 74 kg freestyle wrestling event in Beijing Olympics. He defeated the Uzbekistan’s Soslan Tigiev in the final. He made enoromus achievements in his carreer. He won nine world-level gold medals in freestyle wrestling. He also won gold medals in Athens and Atlanta Olympics. He also won silver medal in Sydeny Olympics. He is a six-time world champion and a three-time Olympic champion. He was named the Freestyle Wrestler of the Year by the international wrestling ruling body in 5 times. After finishing secondary school Saitiev went to the Russia’s strongest freestyle wrestling school. His technical skills and capacity for work are remarkable and he became a member of Russia’s national squad. Buvaisar has been decorated with the Order of Friendship by the Russian president. Now in Beijing, he added a golden crown for his country.
10. Andrey Moiseev
Andrey Moiseev won the gold medal in the men’s modern pentathlon in Beijing Olympics. By winning this medal he became second man to successfully defend in this event. He scored scored 5,632 points. He led after the first four disciplines - shooting, fencing, swimming and equestrian. He take 21 seconds in 3000 m running. He is also gold medalist in Athens Olympics. He won the European championships this year. Edvinas Krungolcas and Andrejus Zadneprovskis of Lithuania won silver and bronze in this competation.