In the 1996 Olympics, Ukraine earned 23 medals (9 gold medals, 2 silver
medals, and 12 bronze medals). The gold medals:
- 2 gold medals went to 17-year-old
Lilia Podkopayeva of Donetsk, the all-around
champion and the floor exercise champion in women's gymnastics.
- A gold medal to Rustam Sharipov in men's gymnastics, parallel bars.
- A gold medal to Inessa Kravets in the women's triple jump.
- A gold medal to Vyacheslav Oleynyk in Greco-Roman wrestling (up to 90 kg).
- A gold medal to Timur Taimazov in weightlifting up to 108 kg.
- A gold medal to Yevhin Braslavets and Ihor Matviyenko in yachting, in
the men's 470 class.
- A gold medal to Vladimir Klitchko in boxing, superheavyweight category
(over 91 kg or 201 pounds).
- A gold medal to Ekaterina Serebryanskaya in
rhythmic gymnastics. In the finals she scored the highest score of all
contestants in each of the four events: 9.950 in hoops, ball,
and clubs, and 9.833 in ribbon. She had 3 of the 5 scores of 9.9 or
- A bronze medal went to Ukrainian Yelena Vitrichenko for the all-round rhythmic
gymnastics. (She went on to win the 1997 World Championships.)
Ukrainian medals in the "Games of the XXVIIth Olympiad":
- Gold Medal in women's swimming: Yana Klochkova in the 400-meter
individual medley - in world record time of 4:33.59, 1.20 seconds faster than
the 1997 world record of China's Chen Yan. This was the first swimming event
of the 2000 Olympics. Yana is 18 years old, 5 feet 11 inches tall, and
weighs 152 pounds.
- Gold Medal in women's swimming: Yana Klochkova won her second
gold medal, this time in the women's 200-meter individual medley. She set
a new Olympic record (but not a world record).
- Gold Medal in shooting: Mykola Milchev in men's skeet shooting.
Ukraine probably doesn't have an active Save the Skeet organization!
- Silver Medal in men's gymnastics: The Ukrainian men's gymnastics team
won the silver medal, finishing in second place behind China. Russia won the
bronze medal, and Japan and the United States finished fourth and fifth,
respectively. The members of the Ukrainian team were Valeriy Goncharov,
Ruslan Myezyentsev, Oleksandr Svitlychnyy, Valeriy Pereshkura, Oleksandr
Beresh, and Roman Zozulya.
- Silver Medal in cycling in men's team pursuit, behind Germany. The
members of the team were Oleksandr Symonenko, Sergiy Matveyev, Oleksandr
Fedenko, and Sergiy Chernyavskyy.
- Silver Medal in men's swimming: Denys Sylant'yev in the 200-meter
- Silver Medal in archery: women's team. Korea won the gold medal and
Germany the bronze medal.
- Silver Medal in women's swimming: Yana Klochkova in the
women's 800-meter freestyle, her third medal.
- Silver Medal in trampoline: Oxana Tsyhuleva in women's
- Silver Medal in wrestling: Davyd Saldadze in men's graeco-roman
wrestling, 97 kg.
- Silver Medal in boxing: Andriy Kotelnyk in lightweight(60 kg) class.
- Silver Medal in boxing: Sergey Dotsenko in welterweight(67 kg) class.
- Silver Medal in wrestling: Yevgen Busloych in men's
freestyle 58-kg class.
- Bronze Medal in cycling: Iryna Vanovych in women's sprint.
- Bronze Medal in gymnastics: Oleksandr Beresh in men's
- Bronze Medal in judo: Ruslan Mashurenko in men's
middleweight 90 kilogram.
- Bronze Medal in synchronized diving: Ganna Sorokina and
Olena Zhupina in women's synchronized 3m platform diving.
- Bronze Medal in track and field: Olena Hovorova in women's triple jump
- Bronze Medal in boxing: Sergiy Danylchenko in bantamweight (54 kg)
- Bronze Medal in sailing: women's team 470 fleet.
- Bronze Medal in track and field: Roman Shurenko in men's long jump.
- Bronze Medal in boxing: Volodymyr Sydorenko in flyweight (51 kg)class.
- Bronze Medal in boxing: Andriy Fedchuk in the light heavyweight
(81 kg) class.