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29 August 2008
Today in Akorda the Head of State Nursultan Nazarbayev received the Kazakhstani athletes that became the prize-winners of the XXIX Olympic Games in Beijing.

The President has thanked the athletes for the successful performance that let the National team of Kazakhstan to enter the best 30 among the 200 countries. For the first time our country took the 19th place for the total quantity of the medals won. Twice the athletes of Kazakhstan became the victors of the Olympic Games and mounted the highest step of the podium.

The President noted that the Olympic prizes are not only the personal achievements of the athletes, but also the victories of the whole country, the significant contribution to strengthening the Kazakhstan’s authority in the world.

The Head of State said that he had signed the Order to award the champions and the prize-winners of the Olympic Games with the state decorations.

The champions of the Olympic Games, the heavy weight-lifter Ilya Ilyin and the boxer Bakhyt Sarsekbayev were decorated with the 1st Degree Order of “Barys”.

The winners of Silver, Irina Nekrasova and Alla Vazhenina (both – heavy athletics), Ashat Zhitkeyev (judo) and Taimuraz Tigiyev (free-style wrestling) were decorated with the Orders of “Parasat”.

The winners of Bronze, Nurbakhyt Tenizbayev and Aset Mambetov (both – the Greek-Roman wrestling), Mariya Grabovetskaya (heavy athletics), Elena Shalygina (free-style wrestling), Erkebulan Shynaliyev (box), Arman Chilmanov (taekwondo) and Marid Mutalimov (free-style wrestling) were decorated with the Orders of “Kurmet”.

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