19 February 2018
This medal is historical as first in freestyle for the years of Ukrainian Independence.
"This outstanding achievement and brilliant performance. I sincerely thank Oleksandr and his coach Enver Ablaev who provide such happy and pleasant moments of joy to all Ukrainian people”, - said Sergey Bubka who is IOC EB Member and Ukrainian NOC President.
“I understand what Oleksandr feels now. I felt that when I won my Olympic gold. You cannot control emotions and you don’t fully understand what happened. This is fantastic and I wish every athlete to feel it", - Olympic Champion added.