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juillet 18, 2013 | Europe Eurasia: Russia

Swimmers thrill at Russia’s largest multisport event ever

By Krysztof Krukowski

Russian athletes Ksenia Bodaleva, Ksenia Birullina, Stepan Bezrukow, Maria Lagunaya and Elena Perhunkova steal the show at Kazan 2013!

Five Special Olympics swimmers held the spotlight at the first high-profile multi-sport event in the history of modern Russia – the 27th World University Summer Games - where they demonstrated a 50 meter freestyle swim in front of an audience of 3,000 spectators. The swimmers received a resounding applause from the audience when they emerged from the pool. The demonstration took place on July 16th on the evening finals of the Games taking place in the Russian city of Kazan in the Republic of Tatarstan. Kazan is the most northerly city ever to host a Universiade, which are the second-largest sporting events in the world by participation, after the Olympics. Over 10,400 university athletes from 162 countries participated in 13 mandatory and 14 optional sports, making the 2013 Universiade the biggest ever in the history of the event. For the first time in history a Cultural Universiade was also included, with many festivals and shows held simultaneously.

About Krysztof Krukowski: I am a director of Organisational Development with Special Olympics Europe Eurasia.
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