Two brothers, representing Poland, started at Zloty Tur. They both fought in the same weight class – 78 kg. And so, in one article, we have two separate interviews:) ()
The older brother – Piotr – came third in left arm (12th in right). He is the first to share his experience with us.
Piotr, how do you feel about your start at the Zloty Tur 2016? Let's start with the left arm – you came third. Were you hoping for more?
Piotr Bartosiewicz: honestly, I wasn't hoping for a lot in left arm, I haven't been fighting with left for some time now, due to an injury. I have promised myself that I would give it all I had and see what happens :).
You were probably hoping for more in right arm – why only 12th place?
Piotr Bartosiewicz: I sure hoped for more, I actually wanted to win the category! But I lost due to a micro-foul, some three millimeters. I would have beat the Georgian guy [Davit Samushia] who came first, if it wasn't for that.
The toughest bout in left arm – who was it with?
Piotr Bartosiewicz: Zaur Saitov from Russia, he put me in a very uncomfortable position from the start – he went for the triceps. My injury popped back up and my chances for a fight with Magzhan Shamiyev from Kazakhstan went out the window. I watched the video of this fight many times, I could have done it differently, but in the end I just “murdered” my arm.
You had some complaints about the refereeing. What do you think now, when the excitement has passed a little?
Piotr Bartosiewicz: first of all, I want to say that I will keep on fighting, no matter how many mistakes the referees make. But many competitors may lose motivation to train and fight, because they felt unfairly treated. And then there is the audience, who want to watch fights, not micro-fouls! In my opinion, it is the fight that should decide the score, not millimeter-sized errors – especially as a millimeter of an elbow slip has no impact on the fight, such slips happen many times!
Refereeing is hard work, especially on a pro level. But I would wish for the referees to consider the issue of micro-fouls, whether they are really important. I had a mini-foul like that when I fought Rafał Woźny, and I lost. Had I won, the podium might have looked different.
What are your thoughts on the Zloty Tur 2016 Cup?
Piotr Bartosiewicz: I've been in love with this event for years! There is no better event in the whole world. I have set a goal for myself – win the Zloty Tur, and I will not rest until I do!
You are older than Dawid. Were you the first to start training armwrestling?
Piotr Bartosiewicz: it all began when we met Artur Głowiński. Our first real training was with him. Strictly speaking, I was the first to start in a tournament, but afterwards we went head to head together.
Do you train together?
Piotr Bartosiewicz: only sometimes, we train in different places usually.