on Tuesday, February 11, Deputy Minister of defence of the Russian Federation Nikolai Pankov gave a promotion to captain the world Champions in athletics Mary Laecken and Sergey Shubenkov.
the ceremony of awarding the titles took place in the athletics complex of CSKA. As reported TASS, the order of assignment Laecken and Shubenkova of military ranks was signed by Russian defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on 25 December 2019.
Recall, Laecken – the world’s only four-time winner of the Diamond League and three-time world champion in the high jump. In October last year, the European athletics Association (EAA) recognized Maria as the best athlete of Europe.
Shubenkov – world champion, two-time European champion, 29-year-old is the only Sprinter in the history of Soviet and Russian men’s athletics, who managed to win medals in the world championship in the hurdles at 110 meters.