Our friends at YoYoFactory Russia put together a great look at the 2016 Russian National YoYo Contest. For the contest/history nerds out there, this year was the first year of a new event & organizer being recognized by the IYYF as the “official” Russian national competition. Hooray for progress! Featuring Mark Artsruni, Victor Gravitsky, Chingiz Alpyspayev, Bogdan Bezugliy, and Tasya Ganikhina.
The IYYF has officially recognized the RYC (Russian YoYoing Competition) as the official national yoyo contest of Russia, and the seeding event to the World YoYo Contest. The previously recognized event has been inactive in recent years, and the RYC has proven itself with consistency, quality judging, and high production quality. Congrats! Check out their official statement below.
Dear friends, we are happy to announce the end of the 2016 competitive season in Russia – and our 10th anniversary year with amazing news: RYC is now officially recognised as Russian Nationals by International Yo-Yo Federation. We are extremely thankful to the board and proud to see Russia back on the global scene – it’s a huge step for yoyoing.ru, Russian Yoyoing Federation and the local community. We’d like to thank our friends worldwide, the players and the brands who supported us on this journey – for almost eleven years now.
But the main news for today are these names: we are proud to announce Lazar Medvedev as 2016 Russian National Champion, Ilya Matros finishing second with only 0.4 points difference – and Konstantin Uvarov who took the third place in 1A Division.
We are also happy to name the X-Division Champion, Alex Stein, Nizhny Novgorod city champion, showcasing 4A on the Nationals scene this year.
The fight for the titles was tough; we’d like to thank all the competitors for their dedication, creativity and sportsmanship – and invite you guys to the official event page at yoyoing.ru where the full results are being added right now together with freestyle videos on our YouTube channel.
Thank you guys, it’s been an amazing decade – and stay tuned for more from Russia and yoyoing.ru.
1st Place – 1A (Single YoYo) – Maxim Gruzintsev
1st Place – 1A Amateur (Single YoYo) – Ivan Mazurin
1st Place – 2A (Double YoYo – Looping) – Lev Derzhavets
1st Place – 3A (Double YoYo – String) – Sergey Bandurin
1st Place – 4A (Offstring) – Vitaly Evdokimov
1st Place – 5A (Counterweight) – Alexy Nemchik
1st Place – AP (Artistic Performance) – Vlad