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Alexander Pagayev – Athletics Patriarch

In January St. Petersburg hosted 46 international winter marathon "Road of Life", dedicated to the 71 th anniversary of the complete defeat of fascist troops near Leningrad. Among the participants was a veteran of the Great Patriotic War - Alexander Pagayev from Vladikavkaz. In his age of nearly 90 he knows: life is movement. Alexander successfully overcome the 5-kilometer distance, finishing with the second result.

Пагаев Александр Михайлович

Пагаев Александр Михайлович

Alexander Paganov began military service in 1943 as a mortar operator. During the Great Patriotic War, he managed to serve both in the East and in the West. To the dangerous Leningrad front 19-year-old second lieutenant Paganov came in 1944 as part of the 157th Rifle Division of the Vyborg Regiment, it was when the Soviet army had already begun to displace the Germans.

Пагаев Александр Михайлович

In 1944 he was sent to the military school of Novosibirsk, and there met the end of the war. After the war he served in the ammunition and repairing service of the Pacific Fleet, and in 1960 moved to the provision of nuclear fleet. Here he finished his military service in the rank of colonel. Alexander Pagayev has many awards, he even jokingly complains that the jacket is too heavy, but the most important award, he sais, is "Order of the Patriotic War II degree." With his wife Lyudmila Pagayev lived 62 years. Unfortunately, in 2014, Alexander's wife passed away. He is supported by a son and four grandchildren. Grandpa proudly displays photos of grandchildren and says that the two of them became masters of sports in taekwondo.

When did sporty lifestyle start? Many years ago, at 49 Alexander got a serious diagnosis - heart failure. He ovecame the disease by jogging. Every day the veteran gets up at 6 o'clock and heads to the park to run and socialize. His smile is the smile of a winner. Winner in the great battle for the liberation of Leningrad. Now, at the age of 89, he is not going to loose the victorious mood. Alexander Pagayev left behind his rivals and come second to the finish of a 5000 meter race. Alexander Pagayev lived in Vladivostok for 70 years. Last year he carried the Olympic torch there, and now he has moved to his homeland, in North Ossetia.

Пагаев Александр Михайлович

Alexander's son lives there with his family, his parents are buried there. Alexander Pagayev does not loose the fighting spirit and sets the example to the younger generation. Alexander is making huge plans. He takes down in his notebook all the kilometers he has run. This year the length of the path should reach 75,000. At the airport of Vladikavkaz veteran athlete was met by relatives and local Public Council. At the entrance to his house another surprise was prepared for Alexander: he was applauded by the youth (students of local Construction College) and the residents of the house, now his neighbors. Everyone asked, how he had managed to keep such an extraordinary vivacity of spirit in his 89. Alexander Mikhailovich the secret of his youth: "No alcohol, just sport and a positive attitude to life!" Now Alexander Pagayev will head runners club in Vladikavkaz. He was offered this post by the Public Council. The veteran agreed, because the sport for him is life.

Пагаев Александр Михайлович

Пагаев Александр Михайлович

Пагаев Александр Михайлович

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