European Championship-2017 is almost about to start, so we would like to recall the results of the last championship and consider possible variants of the development of events in different categories. ()
Senior Women 50 kg
The current champion on the left hand: Esra Kiraz (Turkey)
The current champion on the right hand: Esra Kiraz (Turkey)
At the last European Championships, a young athlete from Turkey Esra Kiraz quite simply took two golds. It was clear that she was much stronger than all her rivals. But this year Esra will miss the European Championship, which means that the champions' places become vacant and a serious fight will unfold for them. With a similar number of participants, the favorite to win is to consider the silver medal winner of 2016 for both hands – Marina Levchenko from Ukraine. But this year most likely in this category will take part another girl from Ukraine – Anastasia Goncharenko, who will also qualify for medals. Anastasia at the national championship showed an excellent shape and took first place on both hands, thus ahead of Marina Levchenko. Also in this category (in case of her participation) the current world champion Snezhana Babaeva would pull, and in this case she will be the main favorite.
Senior Women 55 kg
The current champion on the left hand: Victoria Ilyushina (Ukraine)
The current champion on the right hand: Dimitrina Dimitrova (Bulgaria)
Category up to 55 kg among women is very competitive, looking at its composition it is difficult to predict who will be on top. Victoria Ilyushina is a legend of the Ukrainian armwrestling, she has been performing at international championships for a long time and takes high places every time. Wherever Victoria would perform, she would be one of the favorites. Another contender for the medal is Alina Volkova from Russia, who defeated Victoria at the World Championship 2016 on her left arm and became then the champion. We believe that the main contenders for gold on the left hand will be Victoria and Alina with about the same chances.