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RUSSIA | IT’S ALL IN THE HANDS OF THE WOMEN’S HAND-BALLERS

The Rio Olympics are in full swing, and that means that a busy season has commenced for true fans: they need to track the performance of the best athletes in the world in so many sports. By the way, this time the list of Olympic events has again been enlarged, but we will concentrate on our favourites – the ball sports, and will share with you what we think of the Russian team’s chances to win. Unfortunately, this year the Russians have to miss some important events (for instance, football and basketball), while in some others their chances are vague due to the lack of experience and the strength of opponents (table tennis, golf, badminton). That is why we will only focus on what may – or should by all means! – bring us Olympic medals.

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WATER POLO

Hanna Anna Kisteleki of Hungary tries to block the shot of Ekaterina Lisunova of Russia during the women's match for the bronze medal at the European Championships Waterpolo at Pieter van den Hoogenband swim stadium in Eindhoven, south central Netherlands, Saturday Jan. 28, 2012. Hungary won the match with 9-8 score. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
Hanna Anna Kisteleki of Hungary tries to block the shot of Ekaterina Lisunova of Russia during the women’s match for the bronze medal at the European Championships Waterpolo at Pieter van den Hoogenband swim stadium in Eindhoven, south central Netherlands, Saturday Jan. 28, 2012. Hungary won the match with 9-8 score. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

In this sport Russia is represented by a vigorous team of 13 female athletes. Earlier this year they literally pulled out their right to be in Rio from the Greeks in qualifying quarterfinals (and came third as a result). The time they had before the games was spent to good purpose, so we estimate their chances to win as really high.

On the group stage our girls will have to measure with Australia, Brazil and Italy:

August 9 1 pmRussia vs. Australia
August 119 amRussia vs. Brazil
August 1310-20 amRussia vs. Italy

 

VOLLEYBALL

Russia's Irina Fetisova passes the time by tossing a ball in the air during an official's time out as a play is reviewed during a women's preliminary volleyball match against South Korea at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Aug. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Russia’s Irina Fetisova passes the time by tossing a ball in the air during an official’s time out as a play is reviewed during a women’s preliminary volleyball match against South Korea at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Aug. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Both women’s and men’s teams have reached the Rio Olympics with moans and groans: they had resounding victories as well as unexpected losses. And though the men’s team is the acting Olympic champion, took the first place in the qualifying round and has a star athlete Sergey Tetyukhin, it is often said to lack stability. So, we will so far count on realistic bronze or silver. The women’s team chances are treated in pretty the same way, so let’s keep an eye on how they progress, too. What already fills us with optimism is the good start of both teams in the group tournament.

Volleyball Men:

August 9 9-30 amRussia vs. Argentina
August 11 11-35 amRussia vs. Egypt
August 13 3 pmRussia vs. Poland
August 15 3 pmRussia vs. Iran

 

Volleyball Women:

August 10 5-05 pmRussia vs. Cameroon
August 12 8-30 pmRussia vs. Japan
August 14 10-35 pmBrazil vs. Russia

 

TENNIS

Ekaterina Makarova, of Russia, returns to Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, of Slovakia, at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Aug. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Ekaterina Makarova, of Russia, returns to Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, of Slovakia, at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Aug. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

The Russian tennis team has a total of 8 athletes, but, by convention, the fans will lay their hopes mostly on female players. Despite the pitiful absence of Maria Sharapova in Rio, we still have a chance to gold – Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina can make it, especially if they find a way of taming the outstanding Williams sisters from the US. All in all, at least one silver medal should be ours. The tournament is already in full blast and all is happening right now. We will know the winners on August 14.

 

HANDBALL

Russia's Olga Akopian, right, celebrates after scoring with teammate Russia's Vladlena Bobrovnikova, left, during the women's preliminary handball match between France and Russia at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Aug. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Russia’s Olga Akopian, right, celebrates after scoring with teammate Russia’s Vladlena Bobrovnikova, left, during the women’s preliminary handball match between France and Russia at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Aug. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

The experts say that the women’s handball team, which represents Russia in the current Olympics, has a solid chance to silver or even gold, as it showed a good result already this year ending up first in the qualifying round, which took place in Astrakhan. The team is comprised of 15 players, and their opponents include Korea, France, Sweden, Argentina and Netherlands.

Handball Women:

August 10 2-40 pmRussia vs. Sweden
August 12 7-50 pmRussia vs. Argentina
August 14 2-40 pmRussia vs. Netherlands
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