27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

Abakumova did not want to let herself take it easy due to a lack of strong competitors

The Russian javelin thrower Maria Abakumova, having been victorious at the Universiade, announced to the R-Sport agency that she was not preparing to let herself have an easy time of things due to a lack of strong competitors


Athletics: Day 3 © RIA Novosti

On Tuesday, Abakumova in one attempt threw a javelin 65.12 meters. Another Russian, Viktoria Sudarushkina, won a silver medal with a result of 62.68. The triplet of medal-winners was completed by the Austrian Elisabeth Eberl (55.02). "First and foremost, you are your own competitor," Abakumova told an R-Sport reporter after having been awarded. "I knew that the makeup of the group was not all that solid, but I didn't want to let myself relax, because at the European Cup I also did not have many competitors and I came in fourth place. I wanted to focus and win. As far as the results are concerned, more could have been done."

The Universiade in Kazan will last until July 17. Abakumova is a silver medal-winner at the Beijing Olympics and world champion (2011).


«R-Sport», 11 July 2013