2019 was a pretty memorable year for Sumy fans. Our athletes pleased them more than disappointed. The year turned out to be interesting. Let’s recall some events, personalities, which we could not pass by.
Athlete of the Year
This year, 27-year-old Sumy archer Aleksey Gunbin is rightfully considered the best in Sumy region. He performed excellently at the World Cup in Berlin, where he and the team climbed to the second line of the podium. At the World Championship in mixed doubles did you reach? finals. Claims to travel to the Tokyo Olympics next year. The first in the rating of Ukrainian archers.
Female Athletes of the Year
Biathletes traditionally run here. But now there are two of them at once – Valya and Vita Semerenko last year in the relay team achieved the bronze medal of the World Championship. In that four, by the way, there is also a native of Sumy Anastasia Merkushina and a graduate of SSU Yulia Dzhima.
The sisters have been in the national team of Ukraine for the 15th year and so far, apparently, they are not going to give up their positions. Time will tell whether we will see them at the 2022 Olympics …
Coach of the Year
A couple of years ago, Ekaterina Burmistrova, who was actively performing, already trains, but how. Last year, the women’s youth wrestling team under her leadership became the second overall in the continental championship. Ukrainian women won one gold and one silver, as well as five bronze awards.
Team of the Year
There is one value in Sumy – MSC “Sumchanka”. Sumy hockey players have consistently won the Ukrainian championship for the 12th time in a row. It’s only on the grass. In indoor hockey, the same team has been crushing everyone for more than 15 years, never giving up the championship to anyone in Ukraine.
And in the international arena, despite the absence of a standard field and its own hall, it stays stably in the elite of world hockey.
The table tennis team “Gratsia-SumDU” – already a three-time champion of Ukraine, could compete with “Sumchanka”, but our tennis players are not yet quoted in Europe …
Player of the Year
Well, you can’t do without the best football player. 23-year-old student of Sumy State Pedagogical University named after A.S. Makarenko, who comes to Sumy literally a couple of times a year, consistently plays with the champion of England “Manchester City”. Last year he played 33 matches for the Citizens, scoring 3 goals and giving 4 assists. This is being a protector. For the Ukrainian national team, Zinchenko played eight matches from whistle to whistle, scoring two goals and giving one assist.
In addition, the German portal Transfermarkt.de considers the ManCity midfielder to be the most expensive player among Ukrainian footballers. It was estimated at 30 million euros, which is 10 million euros more than in the previous update of the portal data.
Another Ukrainian representative of the English Premier League, Andriy Yarmolenko, is in second place (West Hem – 20 million euros. Dynamo Kiev midfielder Viktor Tsygankov costs the same.
Return of the Year
For the third time, the SSU team returns to the elite of Ukrainian futsal, now in a new guise – “FoodCentre-SumDU”. Having taken the second place in the first league, the team deservedly advanced to the Extra League. There, however, while grazing back – eighth place out of nine. To get to the final round, you need to hit the top six.
Replacement of the year
In 2018, the Akhtyrka “Oilman” disappeared from the football map of Ukraine, in 2019, PFC “Sumy” went after him. But if Akhtyr residents simply did not receive funding from Ukrnafta, then Sumy, who barely scraped up the composition for the second round of the 2018/2019 championship, were kicked out in disgrace for fixing matches. The decision was made back in April, but by submitting an appeal, the team managed to finish the championship, although it set several unpleasant anti-records along the way. What is just a series of defeat 0: 7, 0: 3, 0: 7 … 0: 4, 0: 8, 1:10, 0: 4 …
However, in the fall, the Appeals Committee decided to send the Sumy case for reconsideration, but nothing remained of Sumy …
… But the regional champion – 2018 Lipovodolinskiy “Alliance”, which now plays at the “Yubileiny” stadium in Sumy, entered the second league. Yes, how he plays. Having started neither shaky nor shaky, he took the lead and after two laps took third place in the standings of Group B, really claiming to reach the first league. In addition, the team, having made its debut in the Ukrainian Cup, has already reached the quarter-finals, knocking out two Second-League and one First-League teams on the way. In March, Alliance will meet with Mariupol from the Premier League.
Progress of the Year
Sumy basketball players are here. BC “SumDU” after the 13th place in the first league 2018/2019 for the New Year holidays left in second place in Group 1 with 10 wins and 4 losses. It is not surprising, because they were strengthened by the two-time champion of Ukraine in the composition of the Yuzhny “Khimik” Oleksandr Prokopenko, who is the second most effective in the league in the first round.
But in streetball, the same “Polytechnic” won the “bronze” of the Ukrainian championship, and among students in general – “gold”. Sumchanin Igor Starodub got into the national team of Ukraine U23. Sumy basketball trainee Andrey Kozhemyakin won the 3×3 Super League with Dnipro.
Superbody of the Year
Last year, several Sumy bodybuilders distinguished themselves at the all-Ukrainian level – Igor Glukhoded, Yury Zimoglyad, Alexey Egorenko, Vitaly Sukuvaty, Dmitry Rudenko, Tatiana Moskalenko, Yaroslava Gavrilchenko, Olga Nazarova, Tatiana Poladich.
However, three achieved the most significant triumph: Yuri Zimoglyad became the European champion in bodybuilding (in mixed doubles) and took “silver” in the category of “classic physicist”, becoming the world champion in bodybuilding (“classic physicist”) and the world champion in fitness (mixed pair) IFBB version. Igor Glukhoded became the European champion (WBPF) and the vice-champion of the world according to NAC in bodybuilding. Yaroslava Gavrilchenko became the best in the world in the wellness category according to WABBA.
In the past year, Sumy athletes with disabilities showed a lot of outstanding results. Dmitry Mazhaev in cross-country skiing became a three-time deflympic champion (athletes with hearing impairment), Ruslan Denisenko became a bronze medalist. They are prepared by coach Sergey Kharchenko.
Eight Sumy visually impaired futsal players in the Ukrainian national team have become world champions for the fourth time. The team is coached by residents of Sumy Nikolay Chkhailo and Igor Kravchenko.
Sumy armwrestler Sergei Semerenko became world champion, Nikolay Pedorenko – twice bronze (Nikolay is now an Honored Master of Sports of Ukraine for his many years of victories in 2019).
Construction of the Year
More than 10 years of conversations, dozens of festivals held by enthusiasts, three years of construction – and in autumn a skate park was opened in the city park. It cost the city more than 4 million UAH (10 years ago, extreme activists said that 300 thousand would be enough). Skaters, bikers, rollers, and scooters from young to old ride it. And the absence of snow made it possible to ride until the New Year, including in the evenings, since modern, powerful lighting was installed around.
But with the rest of the sports infrastructure, the city authorities let up. For two and a half years, nothing has been happening at the Avangard stadium, in which almost UAH 20 million was initially invested. Five years procrastinating with the field hockey stadium. There are petitions, already supported by the deputies, regarding the construction of an ice arena. The development of the Tennis Academy has been at a standstill for several years now.
Meanwhile, a Beach Volleyball Center was opened at SSU, where you can train and play all year round.
Legionnaire of the Year
Pupil of Sumy field hockey Marina Vinogradova became the best player in the Italian championship for the second time.
She was awarded the prize at the end of the championship. Sumchanka, who has become Italian since 2015 and plays for the Italian national team, has been playing for the Amsicora team from Sardinia for 9 years. During this time, the team became three times champion, and this year for the first time issued a golden double, winning the country’s cup as well. Our compatriot scored 15 goals in the championship.
The first time she was recognized as the best in 2015.
Next year will be Olympic. The Summer Games will be held in Tokyo. Several Sumy athletes apply for a trip to Japan. First of all, archers Alexey Gunbin and Evgeniya Chibisova, speed walker Inna Kashina (she already has an Olympic license), boxer Maxim Galinichev, wrestler Alexander Koldovsky, judoka Artem Khomula, karate player Igor Ugnich … The more the better!