On 3 February 2012 Round 5 of the Short Track Speed Skating World Cup ended in Sochi. The Russian men’s national team (Evgeny Kozulin, Semen Yelistratov, Vladimir Grigoriev and Victor An) won its first gold in the 5,000 m relay, having beaten the Dutch, Chinese and British in the finals of the World Cup.
Semen Yelistratov finished second after Canada's Charles Hamelin who won gold in the 1,000 m race. Vladimir Grigoriev won the bronze medal in the 500 m race after a false start, by beating Canadian Vincent Cournoyer into fourth place in the finals.
Dmitry Arzhanov, the General Director of GC TNS Energo, congratulated the Russian national team on their well-deserved win:
“Our company has established a true partnership with the Russian Skating Union. We follow the performance of the Russian short track skaters with a keen interest and are sad when they lose but always rejoice at their success. It is a great feeling to know that you have contributed a part (albeit a small part) in the sporting records, achievements and historically significant victories of the national team. One is unbelievably proud of our athletes and the country as a whole. It is encouraging to see the sporting image of the State improving because of the results-oriented support given to Russian sport. This is our collective contribution towards future wins at the Olympics as well as the future achievements of our children. I congratulate the team from the bottom of my heart and wish them further success in sport and in glorious victories!”
Photos courtesy of the Skating Union of Russia.
To view the results of the performances of the Russian athletes at the World Cup in Sochi visit the website of the Skating Union of Russia.