The second to last day of competition once again gave us endless memorable moments. On the one hand junior competition with momentum and anxiety for victory and on the other hand senior competition with certainty and experience.
Like every day, we get many stories full of emotion. One of them featured the finalists aged 36 to 45 in special technique.
Vladimir Gonchar and Aleksandr Tarasenko practice together in Ukraine. They came together with the same dream, knowing that in the best case only one of them could achieve it.
And their talents took them to the best a case and to a final that proved to be epic.
As fourth tiebreaker they had to jump with Twimyo Nomo Yop Cha Jirugi at a height of 1.55m. Aleksandr runs first, as in the previous rounds, to make the jump that could take him to glory. However, this time something did not work and his try was invalid.
Aleksandr wait for his opponent to jump. And while many would think that his wish would be to have one more chance, Aleksandr began to encourage Vladimir to become the one to fulfill his own dream.
Among the surprise of some, and the complicity of others, Vladimir was walking toward victory. With a clenched fist and a burning heart, the whole of Ukraine and the world held their breath for a few eternal seconds.
To say that only 1.55m was not an obstacle would render his triumph unjust: he also had to overcome the anxiety that his friend would come second.
The heart of a giant people could do more than rivalry, and the success of one was the success of all. A shared podium and an unforgettable story were the consequences of a spectacular event.