A brief summary of day one. ()
Eliminations in the groups of younger juniors, masters and disabled athletes took place on a huge stage, the biggest in the history of armwrestling. This part of the whole event was preceded by a very dynamic and interesting opening ceremony. For the first time in the history of our sport was the opening ceremony directed with such attention to detail, just like the Academy Award ceremony.
As many as one thousand and two hundred competitors are taking part in the championships. With trainers, doctors and referees, the number goes up to one and a half thousand people. The sports arena is well prepared to host our competitors and the amount of equipment used to provide broadcast of the event is really impressive.
On day one left-hand matches were held. The youngest, the oldest and the disabled competitors had a chance to show their strength. Forty four gold medals were to be won.
The number should be multiplied by three (gold, silver, bronze), which gives 132 sets of medals. Of course, the general team classification is not closed yet, but it’s clearly visible who is among the leaders of world armwrestling. Russia has already got 3 medals, including 10 gold. What’s worth adding is that there were several final matches between competitors from Russia, which clearly underlines the strength of Russian armwrestling. Apart from gold, representatives of Russia earned 10 silver and 10 bronze medals.