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Astana, Kazakhstan • 22 January, 2024 | 14:24
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Sports Digest: Kazakhstan Clinches First Gold at Winter Youth Olympics 2024

January 20-22 sports news in ski jumping, speed skating, tennis, and more

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In the past week, Kazakh athletes delivered impressive performances, securing victories across various disciplines. The standout achievements featured Kazakhstan's first-ever gold medal in ski jumping and a bronze in short track at the Gangwon 2024 Winter Youth Olympic Games. Additionally, the week witnessed commendable performances by Kazakh athletes in tennis and boxing events, further showcasing the diverse athletic prowess of the nation's sports community.

Here's a rundown of the notable accomplishments from the week, compiled by QazMonitor.

Ilya Mizernykh Soars to Gold in Ski Jumping

OIS/Simon Bruty
OIS/Simon Bruty

The IV Winter Youth Olympic Games 2024 kicked off with a historic moment for Kazakhstan, as sixteen-year-old athlete Ilya Mizernykh from Almaty secured the nation's first-ever gold medal in individual ski jumping. Starting from the third position, Mizernykh staged a remarkable comeback in the final round, scoring an impressive 214 points and securing Kazakhstan's highest result in the country's ski jumping history.

Polina Omelchuk Clinches Bronze in Short-Track Speed Skating

Ministry of Tourism and Sports
Ministry of Tourism and Sports

Adding to Kazakhstan's medal tally, short-track skater Polina Omelchuk secured a bronze at the Youth Olympic Games 2024 on the event's second day. Her outstanding performance in the 1000-meter short-track speed skating race, concluding in 1:41.600, earned her a podium spot alongside China's gold medalist Li Jinzi and silver medalist Yang Jingru.

Amir Omarkhanov Triumphs in Australian Open Junior Championships

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Twitter/ITFTennis

In tennis, Amir Omarkhanov advanced to the third round of the Australian Open Junior Championships. Overcoming a challenging second-round match against the UK's Viktor Frydrych with a scoreline of 3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-3, Omarkhanov is set to face the 14th seed, South Korea's Kim Jang-jun, in the next round. Earlier, Omarkhanov secured a significant victory by defeating the tournament's top seed, Federico Chino from Italy.

Kazakhstan's Ice Hockey Team Starts Strong

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Instagram/qaz_olympics

At Gangwon 2024, Kazakhstan's youth hockey team dominated the first qualifying round against Poland, securing a resounding victory with a score of 18-8, showcasing a strong start.

Despite a closely contested match resulting in a narrow defeat against Austria (9-8), and another against Denmark (8-6), Kazakhstan's hockey team will continue their efforts in upcoming matches, starting today against Taipei.

Kazakh Male Boxers Shine at Bocskai Memorial Tournament

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olympic.kz

The male boxing team from Kazakhstan displayed outstanding prowess at the Bocskai Memorial Tournament in Hungary, claiming five gold medals. Askhat Zhussupov (48 kg), Assylzhan Serikbay (57 kg), Biybars Zheksen (60 kg), Yertugan Zeinullinov (63.5 kg), and Yerassyl Zhakpekov (80 kg) all secured championship titles in their respective weight categories.

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