Russian Olympic athletes receive Kremlin awards

Russian President Vladimir Putin has honored winners of gold medals of the London Olympics.

Maria Gromova, Anastasia Davydova, Natalya Ishenko, Svetlana Romashina, Elvira Khasyanova and Yevgeniya Kanayeva received the Order of Merit of the Homeland.

Sergey Tetyukhin and Natalya Antyukh received Orders of Honour.

39 medal winners received Orders of Friendship.

Judo wrestler Tagir Khaybulayev, gymnasts Alia Mustafina and Carolina Sebastyanova thanked Putin for support.

The president invited members of the Russian national team of the Olympic Games to visit schools in their regions and describe their achievements on September 1.

Putin plans to meet authorities of students sports groups, teams and coaches.

Head of the Russian Presidential Administration Sergey Ivanov awarded athletes at the Big Kremlin Hall.

Natalya Nazarova received the Order of Friendship. Over 30 athletes received the Order of Merit of the Homeland for winning bronze medals.

Russian athletes took the fourth position of medal winners. Russia got 82 medals, including 24 gold, 26 silver and 32 bronze. Russia got 72 medals in Beijing, including 23 gold. Russian sports authorities expected 25 gold medals.

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