Dinara Alimbekova is the 1st ever ethnically Kazakh athlete to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics and the 1st ever ethnically Kazakh female athlete to become a champion at the Olympic Games per se

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The Belorussian biathlete team of Nadezhda Skardino, Irina Krivko, Dinara Alimbekova and Darya Domracheva won the women’s relay gold at the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on 22 February.

On this occasion BelTA quoted Darya Domracheva, a four-time Olympic Champion in biathlon, as saying: “Looking back at the games, I can say that this victory is a reward for all our efforts and patience. We finally made friends with Pyeongchang so to speak: with its winds, difficult weather conditions. I could not let the girls down, especially since Dinara Alimbekova left the shooting range first”.

Belorussian President Alexander Lukashenko expressed his joy and satisfaction seeing such a great performance. He congratulated Belorussian biathletes on their success. Nadezhda Skardino, Irina Krivko, Dinara Alimbekova and Darya Domracheva have been awarded Orders for Personal Courage by the decree of the President of Belorussia.

BelTA quoted Alexander Lukashenko as saying: “Thank you for this great present to the entire country on the eve of Defender of the Motherland Day. You have realized our life-long dreams by winning Belarus’ first Olympic gold in the most prestigious biathlon race. Girls, you did a truly heroic deed!”.

In congratulating those who have brought glory to Belorussia, we on our part would like to note that it is truly a historic accomplishment for the Kazakh people and for the Republic of Kazakhstan as a whole, too. And what is that, exactly? We are going to explain it all to you.

It turns out that Dinara Alimbekova, a member of the Belorussian “golden” biathlete team, is the first ever ethnically Kazakh athlete to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics, and the first ever ethnically Kazakh female athlete to become a champion at the Olympic Games per se in the history of these sporting events.

What’s interesting is that the mother of Alzhan Zharmukhamedov, the first ever ethnically Kazakh athlete to win a gold medal at the Summer Olympics and the first ever ethnically Kazakh male athlete to become a champion at the Olympic Games per se in the history of these sporting events, was originally from Ukraine, while the mother of Dinara Alimbekova is from Belorussia. It turns out that these two post-Soviet nations significantly contributed to our people’s Olympic glory.

Here is the complete list of the ethnically Kazakh athletes who became the champion at the Olympic Games in the history of these sporting events from 1972 to present: Alzhan Zharmukhamedov (basketball, at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich); Zhaqsylyq Ushkempirov and Shamil Serikov (Greco-Roman wrestling, at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow); Bekzat Sattarkhanov and Yermakhan Ibraimov (boxing, at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sidney); Bakhtiyar Artayev (boxing, at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens); Bakhyt Sarsekbayev (boxing, at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing); Serik Sapiyev (boxing, at the 2012 Summer Olympics in Beijing); Daniyar Yeleussinov (boxing, at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro); and Dinara Alimbekova (biathlon, at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang).

 Danish AZIM