We’ll tell about another junior who performed excellently both in his age category and in senior class. Betkili Oniani returned from the European Championship with three medals. ()
The way of Betkili in arm-wrestling began quite usually, like many other athletes – he saw it, tried to pull and did it well:
"I was in the city of Tskhaltubo and there was an armwrestling tournament, I took part in it and took first place. Tskhaltubo is a famous resort town, which is located 10 km from Kutaisi, there were athletes who trained in Kutaisi, and I asked them where to find a gym for practicing this sport, how they train and so on. They told me, I came to the gym and since then and to this day I have been training there, Irakli Gamtenadze is training me".
On the way of Betkili there were many victories, but he considers the most important victory at the last European championship:
"My biggest victory is a victory at the European Championships held in Poland, where I took 3 medals, gold and bronze among youth and gold among seniors. I have many victories, but I never took 3 medals".
A distinctive feature of this athlete can be called that he can fight different techniques at a very good level, which he demonstrated. To achieve this result, he devotes much time to working at the table:
"In training I work with iron and at the table, but I prefer the table more. I spend a lot of time fighting, practicing technique and endurance at the table and trying different fighting styles. I train 5 days a week, to prepare for the competition I have enough three months of good training".
Betkili looks quite big for his weight class.