I always wanted to take part in European Championships but I never thought I would go in such circumstances. ()
IFA European Armwrestling Championship - Rumia, Poland 2022
28 — 29.05.2022.
Seniors category, left arm – bronze; right arm – silver. Meet this wonderful Ukrainian athlete.
PeSzy: How did you stumble upon armwrestling and what were your beginnings in the sport like?
BOHDANA: I first tried armwrestling at university in 2014. I won a competition and I fell in love with the sport. Ever since then I’ve been slowly training armwrestling. In 2015 I met my future husband at a competition and we started training together. In 2016 during Ukrainian Junior Armwrestling Championships I won gold with my left arm and silver with my right. In 2017 I was third with my right arm in seniors. Between 2018 and 2020 I didn’t train at all, then I tried to get back in shape gradually. I trained irregularly, my progress was minimal. It was thanks to Olena Kuzmych and the Kyiv Open Cup organized by her that I was able to start in a competition, in my hometown – we couldn’t travel then [due to Covid]. I started training for the European Championships in February 2022.
Before that, I missed two more years of training because of my pregnancy and the following motherhood. I’ve only been training regularly again since February 2022.
PeSzy: What do you think of your performance in Rumia?
Bogdana: I always wanted to take part in European Championships but I never thought I would go in such circumstances. The silver and bronze are currently my most precious achievements. I’m a little annoyed that I lost the fight with my left arm so quickly, without putting up a fight. But I managed to get myself together with my right arm, I fought with all I had, I won in the finals but lost the super-final. I really liked my opponents – strong and beautiful. I don’t know if you could see that but after the second final I accidentally punched the referee in the nose while trying to hug my rival, and I was so emotional after the fight that I didn’t even apologize. Then, after I left, I found their facebook and apologized.