July 31, 2017: Taganrog athletes Alexander Barkalov, Anton Kovtunov and Yulia Ovchinnikova competed on Team Russia at the 23rd Summer Deaflympics, an international multi-sport event that took place in Samsun, Turkey from July 18 to July 30, 2017.
The trio reached 4 medals at the 2017 Deaflympics final medal count: Yulia Ovchinnikova won a bronze at taekwondo poomsae (individual competition) and another bronze as part of the national team, Anton Kovtunov was part of the Russian team who took the third place at taekwondo poomsae. Yesterday, on the closing day of the championship in Samsun, Alexander Barkalov won the gold medal at taekwondo men's +80 kg.
The training ground of the athletes is the Specialized School for Olympic Trainees No. 13 in the city of Taganrog.