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Kazakhstan Gets Its First Medal in Sochi

Kazakhstan got its first-ever Olympic medal in figure skating, with Denis Ten taking the bronze in Sochi today. Ten finished third in men's figure skating, behind Patrick Chan of Canada and Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan. With this bronze, Kazakhstan has become the first Central Asian nation to win a medal at the Sochi Olympics so far.

Here are some of the initial reactions to Ten's medal on Twitter:

Hooray! Congratulations to @Tenis_Den and the entire Kazakhstan on this bronze!

Ten! Our first medal! Hooray!

Denis!!!! Kazakhstan!!!! )))))) Well-done!!! I am wordless.

Kazakhstan is triumphant! Finally! #patriot #Kazakhstan

We are proud of Denis Ten) Thanks a lot! We believe that only gold [medals] will come in future. Go Kazakhstan!

Well-done, Denis Ten. Kazakhstan is proud of you!!!

Congratulations on your big victory! Third place is a big victory. Thanks from all of Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan took bronze in figure skating!!! I am sooo happy that I can't believe myself))) This is what the Motherland means!)

So, we have the first medal! Who comes next? #GoKazakhstan

Congratulations to Kazakhstan on its first medal… Well-done, Denis… We believed in you))))

Kazakhstan is not sleeping! Kazakhstan is celebrating and feeling triumphant! Good that it is Saturday tomorrow.

I didn't watch [Ten's] victory today, but thanks to Instagram and Twitter, I can feel the happiness that has united all of Kazakhstan.

Borat references

Many reactions from Twitter users outside the country have included references to Borat, a 2006 mockumentary comedy film that introduced millions of people around the world to Kazakhstan.

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