Irina Alekseevna Merleni – Ukrainian athlete, Olympic champion in freestyle wrestling in the category of lightest weight. At birth, he had the surname Melnik. Irina Merleni was born on February 8, 1982 in the city of Kamenetz-Podolsky Khmelnitsky region. She won the main victories in her biography Irina Merleni in the weight category up to 48 kg, although for a while she moved to another category – 51 kg. The height of the athlete is 150 cm. At the Beijing Olympics 2008 Merleni will join the traditional weight category of 48 kg. Having recently given birth to a son, she recovered and began to weigh 53 kg.
Irina Merleni is a member of the sports club “Biola”. Married to the master of sports in freestyle wrestling Andrey Mikulchin from February 18, 2006. Irina
To engage in wrestling, the sportswoman began at the age of 15 thanks to her brother Alexei, who took her classes, became the first coach and rival. Then she entered the school of physical culture in the city of Lviv. I went to Greece hoping to find better conditions for training. In the biography of Irina Merleni there are unknown facts. So, for example, until the end it is not clear why the athlete took the name of Merleni. According to the champion, it was required to represent Greece in the competition. Irina was shot in the television show “Patriots Games”, where she also showed her strength and skill.
Train Merleni Alexei Melnik and Ruslan Savlokhov, both are well-deserved coaches of Ukraine.
As a child, the sportswoman was engaged in music school for 5 years, plays violin, piano, and is fond of singing. Closely communicates with popular pop stars. Having won the vocal competition “Karaoke-ring” among other Ukrainian sportsmen, she was even more interested in the idea of developing her vocal data. In addition, Irina participated in the television project “Songs with the Stars.”
During the entire biography of Irina Merleni, a large number of
Responsible, strong-willed, of course, a professional athlete, Irina Merleni was twice nominated by the International Wrestling Federation as “a woman’s face of free-style wrestling”.