Russian divers will get their first real test of strength after Rio on TH

© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Astapkovich in fotomontagen Kuznetsov (Russia) in competitions in diving. Archival photoRussian divers will get their first real test of strength after Rio on TH© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Astapkovich the image Bank

The Russian team enters the fight for the medals at the European championship in diving, which will take place in Kiev from 12 to 18 June.

The European championship will be played 13 sets of medals in eight Olympic disciplines of jumping in the water and five non-Olympic (jumps from a metre springboard for men and women, mixed doubles three-meter springboard and tower, as well as in the team tournament).

After the Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, many famous athletes have finished his career, including gone from sports, multiple champion of Europe from Italy Tania Cagnotto. Some have taken a break in performances, while others — like the leaders of team GB Tom Daley, Jack Lo, and Chris Mears — just skip the tournament and focus on preparing for the world Cup in Budapest. Also in Kiev will be one of the leaders of the national team of Germany’s Sascha Klein. And his partner in synchronized diving Patrick Hausding, with whom he won eight titles of European Champions in a row in this tournament declared only in ski jumping and in team competitions.

Nevertheless, even in the post-Olympic season, the European championship, breaking records for the mission — in the event the stated 23 teams, which is more than the European championship on water sports in London in 2016.

Of the current Champions in Kiev titles in their categories will defend Illya Kvasha (Ukraine) winning in 2016 on a meter springboard, Evgeny Kuznetsov (Russia) — winner of the title of the strongest on the 3-meter springboard and Victor Minibaev and Nadezhda Bazhina (both — Russia) in the team competition.

For Russia this tournament will be the first major test after the Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, where she remained without medals. For the European championship in Kiev of the leaders of the team came not only Alexander Bondar, therefore, in synchronous jumps from a tower will be Nikita Schleicher and Alexander Belevtsev. Minibaev, who is preparing to play in «sync» with the Cooper at the July world Cup, starts in individual events and in team competition with Bainai.

«The European championship will be very important to me. It is not passing tournament. I will show all that capable,» said Minibaev.

Application jumps from three-meter springboard at the national team of Russia — champion of the 2012 Games, Ilya Zakharov and silver medalist of the Olympic games in London Evgeny Kuznetsov. The women in the tower will be Anna Quinidine, Julia Timoshinin and Valeria Belova (Belova only in «sync» with Limosininae), on the three-meter springboard Ekaterina Nekrasova, Kristina ilinykh and Bazhina (Bazhina only in «sync» with ilinykh), on meter springboard — Bazhina and Maria Polyakova, Sergey Nazin Ilya Molchanov.

«Honestly, from the start of the expectations are no in principle. It’s like the last stages of preparation for Budapest. The team, which will not even are the all the strongest, just to test their strength before the world Cup, which will be the main focus this season,» said the President of the Russian Federation of a diving Alexei Vlasenko by phone to the correspondent of Agency «R-Sport».

«LEN (European swimming League) verbally assured us that security will be maintained by our team in Kiev. I hope it goes well,» he said.

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