Today in the Odessa Center of beach sports was the third stage of the world series of Beach Wrestling World Series among adults. 54 athletes from 14 countries, including 22 girls competed for the title of best in their weight categories, reports “Duma”.
The competition was to begin on 9 August, but bad weather has made adjustments, so the competition is conducted in an accelerated program. The opening was attended by the representatives of the International Olympic Committee, United World Wrestling, the presidents of the Federations of pankration, grappling, freestyle and beach wrestling.
Foreign organizers of the tournament were given to taste the traditional Ukrainian bread and salt, and the Odessa boys and girls club of battle hopak “Storm” gave a master – class in Ukrainian martial art.
Athletes competed in four weight categories. Men – 70, 80, 90 and 90+kg, women – 50,60,70 and 70+. Particularly acute struggle among men in the weight category of 70 kg. the Ukrainians were initially considered the favourites in this weight, but the fighting was very sharp. After a fight with Ukrainian Egor Muradyan, the athlete from Kyrgyzstan, Serahuli Zhusupov lost and could not hold back tears of despair. A win in this category of our countryman Semyon Radulov who won in the finals against American Timothy Allen. Egor Muradyan became the third.
In the weight category of 80 kg were also the first Ukrainians – became the champion Sergei Ponomarenko, silver took Vasily Mikhailov, and bronze Greek Georgios Kousidis.
The athlete from Moldova Peter Anulov excelled in the weight category of 90 kg, the second was Ukrainian Viktor Solovyov. Weight 90+ Champions Azerbaijani Oan of Nazarian, and the Ukrainians Roman Dovhalyuk and Mohamed Zakariev stood on the second and third step of the podium respectively.
In beach wrestling among women in almost all weight categories the championship was for the Ukrainian women. In pyatidesyatimetrovoy the nomination, the entire podium was ours, and was won by Katerina Mashkevich. In the categories 60 and 70 kg, our girls also took all the steps – in 60 kg was won by Valeria Simoncini-Zlatova, and in 70 Anna Mazurkiewicz.
And only in the weight of 70+ was won by the Greek Eirini Aikaterini Picasa, the second was the Ukrainian woman Galina Kovalevskaya, the third Norwegian Katrin Frilseth.
Tomorrow on the beach 14 Fontana station will host the world Championships beach wrestling among cadets and juniors.