National weightlifting team returns from the World Championships with Olympic medal

November 8, 2018

At the Weightlifting World Championships, Denis Ulanov was solemnly awarded the bronze medal of the 2016 Olympic Games. The award to the athlete was personally handed by the IWF President Tamas Ayan.

Recall that at the 2016 Olympics, Denis Ulanov played in the category up to 85 kilograms and took fourth place. The bronze medalist in this category is the Romanian weightlifter Gabriel Sinkraian. He was disqualified later for using illegal drugs, and his result was canceled. In this regard, Denis Ulanov rose to third place.

– Inexpressible emotions, I am very happy to hold this medal in my hands after two years! Of course, the feelings are not the same as they would have been on the Olympic pedestal, but still it’s great that everything organized so solemnly, they even raised our flag. The soul was very nice! Now I finally believed that I was a bronze medalist (smiles). First of all, I would like to thank our President Nursultan Abishevich Nazarbayev for his invaluable contribution to the development of sports in our country, the head of the NOC Timur Askarovich Kulibayev for supporting the sport in general and President of our Federation Zhanat Rashidovich Tusupbekov for his great contribution to the development of weightlifting. All these proceedings before Rio … We could not go to the Olympics at all, but thanks to the efforts of our Federation, we were able to defend the honor of our republic at the main start of the four-year period. I’m very happy!