Padin: “I am proud of Babikov. When our work was going well, I always considered him a top athlete.

Padin: “I am proud of Babikov.  When our work was going well, I always considered him a top athlete.

The coach of the Russian biathlon team Andrei Padin said in an interview with that his career Anton Babikova could have happened differently, and also emphasized that he was proud of the athlete’s victory at the 2017 World Championships.

In the 2017/18 season, Padin and Babikov had a conflict, the parties ended their cooperation. The coach also said that Babikov is an average biathlete and the team won the relay at the World Championships in Hochfilzen in 2017.

— How do you communicate with Babikov now?

– Okay, let’s say hello, he always congratulates me on my successes. Yes, there were serious disagreements with Anton at one point. I don’t see any guilt on my part, and he probably doesn’t see it on his part either. I’m proud of him. Coach Padin made him a world champion. There were disagreements, but then everything went well.

When our work was going well, I always considered him a top athlete. My opinion: because of psychology, he interfered with himself. If he had taken the other side, his career would have been different. After these events, he lost about two years. And he managed to recover only in Kaminsky’s group. This time could have been used to win medals, but it was spent getting fit. But everyone is the master of their own happiness,” Padin told .

On Thursday, mixed and single relay races will take place at the Alfa-Bank Russian Championship in Tyumen. Watch live broadcasts of the races starting at 8:35 a.m. on the and Match Arena channels, as well as on the sites sportbox.ru and matchtv.ru.

Source : MatchTV

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