World Armwrestling Chamionship review by Engin Terzi. ()
In my opinion the toughest weight class of the WAF was 75kg right hand category. Raikhanov from Kazakstan, Samushia from Georgia and Dzitiev from Russia looked like the favorites of the class before the event but there were many top guys who could win the class. Janis Amolins and Krasovskis from Latvia, Hubaev from Russia, Sedrakyan from Armenia, Shamiev from Kazakstan and some other top pullers were the candidates for the medal. Raikhanov and Dzitiev to meet early and pull a tough match lowered their chance of winning the class and they ended up 10th and 11th place. After that point Samushia became the clear favorite of the class and won the gold easily. At the Europeans Dzitiev and Samushia had wars for the gold medal and that is why i thought that Raikhanov vs Dzitiev match changed many things in this category. Janis Amolins with his great experience succeed to take the bronze while Krasovskis was a strong silver medalist.
U21 category pullers in some weight classes are doing incredible things in senior divisions. Betkili Onani from Georgia won the U21 left hand after tough battles against Krasovskis and these two great pullers only 4 days later were again in the final but this time in senior category. These great pullers did the exact same thing in Europeans as well.
Another U21 puller Simeonov from Bulgaria won U21 80kg right hand category and then won senior 80kg with both hands. The U21 winner of 80kg left hand class Alizhan from Kazakstan was the 3. place of the senior category. The European Champion Viorel Dobrin to be out of top 6 with left hand was a surprise but he to win silver medal with right hand in such hard class was a great job. Esspecially his win over Tautiev was amazing.
U21 85kg left hand winner of Oguzhan Kocak competed seniors with right hand and easily won the class. People believes that Zoloev was in a terrible shape but i don’t think it was the case. The Russian puller Marat Aybazov put Zoloev’s wrist in a bad position as they had 3 starts with a few seconds each.