A Transcarpathian won canoe orienteering competition in Dnipropetrovsk region (PHOTOS)
30-year-old Dmytro Terpay from Mukachevo and Vladislav Laskarzhevsky from Dnipropetrovsk won the 17th Open Canoe Orienteering Championship "Archipelago-O", which was held from 5 to 7 June near Dnipropetrovsk.
This exceptional sport originated in the United States. It combines Olympic rowing and canoeing and extreme orienteering. "Archipelago-O" is traditionally held in Samara swamps - a unique natural phenomenon formed by three rivers: the Dnieper, the Samara and the Kilchen.
Unlike the US, where this sport is managed by the United States Canoe Association, in Ukraine it is developed by amateur enthusiasts (this year, the competition was organized by Maksym Kovalenko and Pavlo Balabanov), and yet Ukrainian "Archipelago-O", according to the English version of Wikipedia, is the largest competition in the world.
This year, 124 crews competed in four classes of boats.
Dmytro Terpay and Vladislav Laskarzhevsky became champions in overall competition among 48 crews in the "Cayman" class.
Recall that a few years ago, another resident of Mukachevo - master of sports in orienteering Vyacheslav Mukhidinov - was among the winners of this unusual competition. In 2005 (together with Dmytro Kositsyn from Dnipropetrovsk) and 2006 (with Yevhen Dolya from Kharkiv), he took the second place in the men competitions, and in 2003 (with Maria Zhyhan from Dnipropetrovsk) he was the third in the mixed class.