In Russian sports – a strong sensation. The great series of “Chekhov Bears” was interrupted
Andrey Shitikhin May 20, 2023, 09:15 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.
Since 2001, Vladimir Maksimov’s team has not lost the championship. But now it will not rise above third place.
All great streaks in sports come to an end at some point. In May 2023, the one-time series of the permanent champion of Russia in handball “Chekhov Bears” was discontinued. The team of the legendary Vladimir Maksimov for the first time in 22 years will not be able to rise to first place. In the semifinal series of the current championship, the “bears” lost to CSKA.
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Basketball CSKA became the champion of the country 18 times in a row. Volleyball “Uralochka” won the championship of Russia 14 times in a row. And the handball “Chekhov Bears” won 21 times in a row! If we consider the achievements of CSKA-Sportacadem, which became the Chekhov Bears, then the club became the champion of Russia 23 times in a row.
Many of today’s Chekhov fans were not yet in the world when this great series began, without exaggeration, a great series. Generations of players changed, but the “bears” still won. When it seemed that there was nothing left of the team, the champion, like a phoenix, rose from the ashes and still won. As the legendary mentor Vladimir Maksimov said in a recent interview with Chempionat: “Those who remained in the team practiced a little in the summer. And we must get lucky again.
Previously, all losers had only one excuse – Chekhov had two equal squads, which brought together the best players in Russia. But this argument has not worked for a long time. For at least three years, the “bears” do not surpass others in the selection of handball players. And still they won. The psychology of winners is not an empty phrase.
CSKA did not let the Chekhov Bears enter the final of the Russian handball championship
But already last year in the final “Chekhov Bears” were close to defeat. If CSKA’s left winger Igor Soroka had scored in the dying seconds, the Russian men’s handball hegemons would have been beaten. This time CSKA did it before. Oleg Khodkov’s team in the semi-final simply played from a position of strength. And he demonstrated his superiority in two games. The drama that occurred in the final last year was not even close.
Chekhov’s Bears were defeated. Now they have a new starting point in the history of the club. The team is ready for a makeover. And CSKA just reached the final. Where his rival will be the “Perm Bears”. In men’s Russian handball, there will definitely be a new champion – none of the finalists have won gold before.
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