On Saturday in Kiev started the fencing European championship. Among its participants three Nikolaev sportswomen - Olga Harlan, Elena Homrovaya and Nina Kozlova. Having won following the results of the World Cup stages the license for team Olympic tournament, our little girls now should prove and for Euro-2008 right to act in Beijing.
Yesterday in the European championship individual tournament of sablistka took place. In the first circle Elena Homrovaya overcame Hungarian Ursula Nagi - 15:12, then surely won against Olga Zhovnir - 15:8, but in a quarterfinal in persistent fight conceded to Russian Sofya Velikaya - 14:15.
Olga Harlan in a starting duel won against the Frenchwoman Karol Vernye - 15:13, but then lost one prick to Hungarian Reka Benko.
In the final protocol of Homrovaya on 6 - m a place, Harlan - on 16 - m. Between them took place Galina Pundik - 8-I and Olga Zhovnir -
13-I. Nina Kozlova didn't act.
Now Harlan takes in FIE rating 17-ю a position, Homrovaya - 24-ю, Kozlova - 53-ю. Their competitors for a place in the national team - Galina Pundik and Olga Zhovnir from Neteshin - respectively on 44-й and 74-й positions. And places in an Olympic team four.
On July 10 team tournament of sablistka will take place. By the way, in a world rating of the national teams a women's team of sablistka of Ukraine on the fifth place.
And meanwhile Alisher Usmanov, the Russian multimillionaire, the president of the European confederation of fencing (EFC) increased a prize fund of the European championship from 100 thousand to 250 thousand euros. The victorious team in each type of the program will receive on 10 thousand European money, for the second place 6 thousand, for the third - 4 thousand are necessary. Winners become richer in ten thousand euros in individual competition also.