Russian crew headed by Daghestani Marat Halikov wins 1st world championship in tank biathlon

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Moscow region, August 21, 2014. The Russian crew headed by Daghestani junior sergeant Marat Halikov won the 1st world championship in tank biathlon that ended yesterday at a military training ground near Alabino, Moscow region, said Halikov’s  relative Tazhudin Rashidov in an interview with RIA "Dagestan".  

Kizlyar’s 22-year-old tanker, a native of Charodinskiy district, was drafted into the Russian armed forces in the autumn of 2013 as a regular soldier.
The world competition brought together representatives of 12 countries’ armies: Angola, Armenia, Belarus, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Russia, Serbia, and Venezuela. Each country had 4 crews: three chief crews and an alternate. They were the 3 member teams: a commander, a gunner and a driver-mechanic.

The championship had a few steps: an individual race, a sprint race, and a pursuit race. In the standings, team Russia was the first; in the individual total, the best crew was the Russian team headed by Marat Halikov. Each member of the winning crew was awarded a modern Russian offroader by Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu. Halikov said that in this very car, he was going back home to Daghestan where his family was waiting for him.

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