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The all-female line-up in Belgrade includes Olympic high jump bronze medalist Yaroslava Mahuchikh.
Six Ukrainian athletes will take part in next week’s World Indoor Championships, a women’s team. The standout name in the line-up is Olympic bronze, world silver and European indoor high jump champion, Yaroslava Mahuch.
The 20-year-old is third on the all-time list with 2.06m and will be one of the favorites to win gold, noting that Olympic champion Maria Lasitskain – an ANA athlete – will not be in Serbia after World Athletics announced that Russia And Belarusian athletes were banned from competition indefinitely as a reaction to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Mahuchykh recently posted on social media: “For several days, almost the whole of Ukraine is awash with explosions and shots. Russia has started a war with us, but we are a strong people and we are protesting. All the people of Ukraine are helping our military each other, we will do everything we can, together we will bear it.
“To the Russians: stop pretending that there is no war! Russia attacked Ukraine! They are bombing cities, shooting civilians and this is our reality! By inaction you support the war! We don’t want war, but we will defend our home.”
Another Ukrainian athlete who would love her chance in Belgrade is world and European silver medalist and European Indoor Long Jump Champion, Marina Bekh-Romanchuk.
She is listed to double up in both the long jump and triple jump, but given all of her major honors, you wouldn’t be surprised to see that the 26-year-old focuses solely on the long jump, where she is home favorite and It will be up against Olympic bronze medalist Ivana Panovic.
Bekh-Romanchuk competed in two events in Ukraine back in January as part of his winter training program.
She recently said on social media: “My country is at war but we want to live in a free country, without Russian help and without Russia. Let’s support Ukraine and dream of independence. Independent. Brave. Strong. Everything in Ukraine! Everything will be Ukraine. We are a strong and independent nation. I love you Ukraine.”
European indoor high jump silver medalist Irina Gerashchenko, 11-time Ukrainian 60 m hurdles champion Anna Plotitsyna, Olympic pole vaulter Yana Hladychuk and pentathlete Yulia Loban are the rest of the team.
Ukraine has a rich history at the World Indoor Championships and ranks 13th on the all-time medal list with 34 – including nine gold, 14 silver and 11 bronze.
The 18th edition of the championship will be held from March 18-20. It will be the first time since Birmingham four years ago.
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