: Ukrainian Olympic Team ready for Rio opening ceremony

17:24 Aug. 5, 2016

Ukrainian Olympic Team ready for Rio opening ceremony

A woman is silhouetted by the setting sun as she looks at a set of Olympic rings in the Olympic Park ahead of Rio's 2016 Summer Olympics, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug. 4, 2016. (AP Photo)

First 2016 Olympic world record already set in archery

It is hours before the grand opening ceremony of 2016 Olympics kicks off in Rio. The Olympic torch has began the final leg of its race starting from the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue to the famed Maracana soccer stadium.

The Games - held in South America for the first time - officially take place between 5 and 21 August, but they have actually already started with the women's football, followed by archery, where South Korea's Kim Woo-Jun has already set the new 72-arrow world record.

Ukrainian pole vaulting icon, president of Ukraine's National Olympic Committee and IAAF vice president Sergey Bubka has taken part in the torch race. For him, this has been the 11th such event.


Sergey Bubka. (facebook.com/olympicua)

Later at night, skeet shooting 2000 Olympic gold medalist Mykola Milchev will bear Ukraine's national flag at the opening ceremony.

Michev has won nine ISSF World Cup medals; he holds Olympic record and three world records. He is the oldest athlete of Ukraine Olympic team in Rio, participating in his 4th Games.

Read also Ukraine flag raised in Rio's Olympic village (video)

Ukraine's team will be the 195th to parade during the opening ceremony. Traditionally, the first will be the Greek team, and the host country team - Brazil - will enter last.


Members of the Ukrainian Olympic delegation participate in a welcome ceremony at the Olympic athletes village in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 31, 2016. (AP Photo)

A staggering 10,500 athletes will take part in the Games from a record 207 teams, including the Refugee Olympic Team. It will also be the first time for Kosovo and South Sudan to participate in the Games.

Ukraine's Olympic team is among the 20 largest teams with 206 athletes. Eight of them are already Olympic champions.

Sports experts say that the most medal-promising sports for Ukraine this year are shooting, fencing, wrestling, diving, athletics and rhythmic gymnastics.

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