Lviv Sports

Lviv’s Halychanka Ukrainian Handball Champs

Issue 101, May 2017.
Lviv’s Halychanka women’s handball team capped off another remarkable season this month by defeating Kherson’s Dnipryanka and Uzhhorod’s Karpaty. Their superior play easily allowed the ladies to capture the Ukrainian Super League Championship.

The Gorgany Half Marathon

Issue 101, May 2017.
Lviv’s Gorgany Half Marathon, one of the city’s leading spring sports events, attracted some of the finest professional and amateur athletes from across Western Ukraine and – as it turned out this year – from Europe, North America, and even Asia, to the Western Ukrainian capital on April 23. Over 500 runners ran in either the 21 km or 4 km races.

Speedway Championship

Issue 101, May 2017.
The first stage of the 2017 Open Individual Speedway National Championship started on April 18th in Chervonohrad. The event drew some of the fastest drivers from Ukraine alongside their Polish, Italian, and Argentinian competitors.

Anastasia Wozniak – April’s Athlete of the Month

Issue 101, May 2017.
Leopolitan Anastasia Wozniak was awarded Lviv’s Athlete of the Month for April based on her performance as part of the Ukrainian rhythmic gymnastic team at the World Cup in Tashkent, Uzbekistan last month.

Home is Where the Hockey Is

Issue 100, April 2017.
Hockey events always draw the best fans. Maybe you’ll meet a ‘super fan’, ringing a cowbell or beating a drum with their face-painted and wearing a ridiculous national-themed costume. But if you’re really lucky – you’ll get to meet Scott McKenzie – the Canadian nomad that is making his case to be the sport’s purest – and most well-traveled – fan.

Kyokushing Karate Championship

Issue 100, April 2017.
Ministry of Defense Summer Sports Training Center SKA played hosted the KWF Kyokushing Karate Championship for grown-ups, juniors and women on April 8th. The event was organized by the Lviv regional KWF Kyokushing Karate federation and personally federation’s president Volodymyr Rohansky (2nd Dan).

Lviv Region Bodybuilding Championships

Issue 100, April 2017.
Some of Western Ukraine’s strongest and fittest athletes flexed their goods at Lviv Region Bodybuilding Open Cup Championships at Lviv’s G. Hotkevych Palace of Culture on April 2nd. The event attracted more than 100 athletes to compete in a variety of categories, including events specifically for juniors and veterans.

March was Magic for Karpaty FC

Issue 100, April 2017.
March was a month to remember for Karpaty FC, as the team went undefeated in five matches and unveiled their new kits. It has been a trying season for Lviv’s beloved boys in green, as the team has been fighting relegation from early on due to a six point penalty imposed by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee for failure to clear their debts with former Bosnian midfielder Semir Štilić.

Veronika Marchenko – March’s Athlete of the Month

Issue 100, April 2017.
Lviv’s European champion archer Veronika Marchenko was named Lviv’s Athlete of the Month for March for her dominating performances at the European Indoor Championships last month. Marchenko cruised through the tournament defeating her opponents by a combined score of 24:4, including a 6:0 thrashing of her Russian opponent in the final to be named European champion in the Individual Recurve event. Marchenko also assisted the Ukrainian team capture bronze in the Team Recurve event by dominating Russia 6:0.

Young Lviv Archer is European Champion

Issue 99, March 2017.
Lviv’s young Archery phenom Veronika Marchenko crushed her Russian opponent 6:0 to capture gold in the Individual Recurve at the European Indoor Championships in Vittel, France on March 12. The 23-year-old Olympian cruised through the tournament defeating France’s Tiffany Bankert 6:0 in the 1/8 final, Poland’s Violeta Mischor 6:2 in the quarterfinal, and France’s Angelina Koende 6:2 in her semifinal.