Feature | Aug 29 2019

Vasyl Lomachenko achieved his dream, but keeps on getting better

More than a decade ago, Vasyl Lomachenko won exactly what he wanted. Yet he continued to push his limits. John Dennen hears from the Ukrainian enigma
Vasyl Lomachenko vs Luke Campbell
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WHAT do you do when you’ve scaled the top of the mountain? What do you do when everything you wanted, the dream, the goal has been achieved? Vasyl Lomachenko is a rare case where he managed to keep on getting better. The greatest moment, as far as ‘Loma’ is concerned, was when he won his first Olympic gold medal in 2008. Nothing else, not his second Olympic gold at a second weight, not becoming a three-weight professional titlist, nor potentially becoming an undisputed lightweight world champion could compare.

“No,” he says quickly. “I don’t think so. Because it’s a special moment. When you’ve won the Olympic Games, when you’ve lived with that dream… When you go to school, every time you think about the gold medal, then you’ve won this Olympic medal. It’s unbelievable, I can’t explain my feelings, but no, not in the future, we can’t compare this moment.

“Of course it was Beijing, it was my first Olympic Games, it was my best moment in my career. If we can compare all my titles during my boxing career, first place it’s the gold medal in Beijing.”