Ukrainian athlete Igor Okara took fourth place in the 95 kg category at the Zloty Tur, and also won in the transitional match to get a place in Top 8. Was this a surprise to him? ()
Igor, you became the fourth on the Zloty Tur - a step away from the prizes, but at the same time with a chance to participate in Top 8. Was this the goal for you that you went to the Zloty Tur or did it happen “not planned”?
- When I went to Zloty Tur, of course, I wanted to qualify for Top 8, but I realized that it would be extremely difficult to do this, since the category was very strong. Therefore, I tried to qualify for transition fights, as it turned out. I think it’s better for me, because now I have the experience of fighting in a 6-round match.
How long have you been going to such a result? Tell us about yourself.
- The first time I saw armwrestling fights on television in 2008-2010, these were the fights of Andrey Pushkar, John Brzenk, Denis Tsyplenkov, and I wanted to try my hand at this sport. Therefore, already in 2011, I came to the gym and, under the direction of Valentin Odintsev, began to train. I have no serious achievements yet, the best result was the winner of the European Championship in 2015. In my free time from work and sport I spend with my relatives, I like to relax or ride a motorcycle.
Now you participate in the Top 8 project in the group of contenders.