Oleh Verniaev Won His 5th ‘Athlete Of The Month’ Award
30 April 2015 Share
Oleh Verniaev Won His 5th ‘Athlete Of The Month’ Award

Star gymnast Oleh Verniaev was honoured as Ukraine’s ‘Athlete Of the month’ for the fifth time in April 2015 by the National Olympic Committee, while his coach Hennady Sartynsky has won the ‘Coach of the Month’ Award.

Oleh Verniaev came into the spotlight at the 2015 Artistic Gymnastics European Championships in Montpellier, France, winning two gold medals despite suffering leg injury. Oleh, who was awarded as Ukraine's 'Athlete of the Year' at the 'Heroes of the Sport Year' ceremony earlier this month, won both individual all-around and parallel bars competitions.

It was the first all-around victory at the European Championships for Ukraine's gymnasts in 15 years and only third since the country gained independence in 1991. Ihor Korobchynsky in 1992 and Oleksandr Beresh in 2000 won the gold medal at the individual all around competitions.

The Ukraine's NOC experts distinguished also Ihor Radivilov who won silver medal at vault in Montpellier. Special commemoration was made for Team Ukraine at the European weightlifting championships in Tbilisi. Ukraine's athletes won four medals including 3 gold medals. Team Ukraine was also placed first in the medal standings in Tbilisi.