Tajikistan gears up for London Olympics – Central Asia Online

Posted: July 16, 2012 in International, Sport, Tajikistan

Tajikistan’s team includes two boxers who are primed to do well. Mavzuna Choriyeva, 19, will take part in the Olympic debut of women’s boxing. She earned a bronze medal at a world championship in China, and her coach, Mirzo Shamsiyev, a former boxer, said she has been performing well in training.

Shamsiyev is also training Anvar Yunusov, rated in April by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) as the world’s best <56kg boxer.

“I think they’re in great shape now, and they won’t let me down,” Shamisiyev said of the two boxers.

Choriyeva is one of three women on the Tajik team.

Another, runner Vladislava Ovcharenko, can be seen regularly practicing in the early morning or evening at Dushanbe’s Central Stadium.

“Taking part in the Games is a dream for every athlete,” said Ovcharenko, who trains outdoors to best simulate the Olympic conditions but said she tries to train in the cooler parts of the day.

Ovcharenko, 25, has raced professionally for more than 10 years. This June in Bishkek, she set a national record (24 seconds) for the 200m dash – the event she will compete in at the Olympics.

“As she trains, Ovcharenko is gaining even more skill and is in top form,” said Yevgeny Shumarin, secretary-general of the Tajik Track and Field Federation.

Ovcharenko has a law degree but said she hopes to continue her career in running.

“In the future, I want to work as a coach,” she said. “I got a degree because anything can happen in sports. You can break a leg, and then you’ll never run again.”

Freestyle swimmer Yekaterina Ismailova, who will compete in the women’s 50m event, rounds out the women’s contingent.

via Tajikistan gears up for London Olympics – Central Asia Online.

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