Yaroslava Mahuchikh captured the hearts of Ukraine and much of the world with her win at the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade, Serbia. Mahuchikh had woken up to the sound of the Russian war machine in her city of Dnipro on February 24. She drove for three days to reach Belgrade. During the competition, Yaroslava took 3 attempts to clear 2 meters and then, she cleared 2.02 meters with ease, taking gold at the World Indoor Championships.
Yaroslava Mahuchikh, photo by Getty Images for World Athletics
KYIV (UKR): Yaroslava Mahuchikh supports the decision to suspend Russian athletes from competing internationally in light of the conflict with Ukraine, informs BBC Sport. “I think World Athletics made the right decision because Russian athletes must understand that Russia started the war and a lot of Russians supported it. We shouldn’t have to compete when our people and children are being killed by the Russian military, it’s terrible. They must understand that Russia started the war, they were the aggressors. It’s really terrible to see [athletes at rallies]. Some sportsmen asked what the problem was. I think a lot of them don’t understand what happened and this is why what they do at this moment,” she said.
Yaroslava Mahuchikh, World Indoor Championships, high Jump, photo by Getty Images for World Athletics
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