Last weekend, in a very dramatic duel, Krasimir Kostadinov defeated Alex Kurdecha and earned a place in the Top 8 2020 in the 105+ category. We invite you to get a little closer to the new Top 8 heavyweight champion. ()
Krasimir, tell your story when you came to arm wrestling and why this sport?
- Since school, I pulled with all my friends and classmates, and it so happened that I defeated all of them. After that, I wanted to try myself in competitions. In 2005, on the Internet, I saw that competitions would be held in Sofia, I took part in them and became the 3rd among juniors in heavy weight, then I was 17 years old. After this competition, I fell in love with armwrestling and told myself that the day would come when I would be the best in the world.
You have been in sports for a long time, what motivates you to still engage and perform at the highest level? Achievements, titles, what is most important for you?
- I just want to become a heavyweight champion and become the absolute world champion. At Zloty Tur 2019 I became the absolute champion on the left hand, now I need to become the best on the right hand. This has been my motivation for over 10 years.
Tell us about your training system. Is it true that you train only at the table with sparring partners? Why did you choose such way of workouts?
- Yes, it’s true and I’ve been training like this for 8-9 years. I managed to communicate several times with Ivan Abadzhiev, this is the best weightlifting coach in the world. In these conversations, he explained a lot to me about the work of our body and muscles. After these meetings, I completely revised and changed my approach to training.