Olympics 2021: an archer victim of discomfort because of the heat

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Russian archer Svetlana Gomboeva passed out on Friday on the sidelines of women’s archery qualifications at the Tokyo Olympics. The 23-year-old was the victim of the stifling heat on the shooting range.

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With temperatures easily reaching 30 °, the heat will accompany athletes throughout the Tokyo Olympic Games. Coupled with high humidity, the high temperatures have already wreaked havoc this Friday during the women’s qualifications for the archery event with the discomfort of the Russian Svetlana Gomboeva. When going to check his latest results, the 23-year-old athlete collapsed, suffering from discomfort due to the heat.

“It turned out that she couldn’t last a whole day in the heat,” coach Stanislav Popov told reporters in remarks reported by Reuters. “It’s the first time I’ve seen this. Vladivostok, where we previously trained, the weather was similar. But the humidity played a role here. “

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Gomboeva does not give up

In the race for Olympic qualification under the neutral banner of the IOC (Russia being suspended for state doping), the archer collapsed on the Tokyo launch pad. Members of his staff and several teammates quickly came to his aid by bringing him wet towels to help him come to his senses. If Svetlana Gomboeva quickly recovered, she was still evacuated on a stretcher.

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“I feel good but my head hurts a lot, reassured the athlete in a message then posted on social networks. I can and I will shoot!”

Svetlana Gomboeva finished the qualifications for the individual archery event in 45th place and will participate well in the 32nd finals of the competition. Until then, it will receive special attention from its staff and the doctors in its delegation. Andrei Zholinsky, chief medical officer of the Russian Olympic team, confirmed that the archer had suffered from sunstroke and that she would change her diet and hydrate better for the rest of the Olympics.

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The discomfort of the young Russian sportswoman could well serve as a warning to all the athletes present in Japan. The weather conditions in Japan should not be underestimated.

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