The right hand category had a lot of surprises and hard fights. The 75 kg category was great, especially Gashevski has shown, why he's a legend. Read Engin Terzi's summary. ()
It was one of the toughest Worlds that i have ever seen. There happenned some suprises.
Sasho Andrei from Bulgaria won the left hand 75kg class as expected and Oleg Zhokh also did the same thing in 80kg left hand class. Zaza Tabagari returned to armwrestling after 2 years of absence and took 2. place to Oleg.
In 85kg left hand category Stefan Lengarov once again showed that he is the best. In the final he easily beat Vladimir Mnatsakanyan of Armenia.
In 90kg Artem Taynov who now represants Russia won the class as expected. In fact with left arm most of the favorites won their classes by ease such as Laletin of Russia 100kg, Matyushenko of Russia 110kg and Levan from Georgia won the +110 kg class as expected. With right arm there were more wars and surprises than the left hand categories.
In 55kg class there were many battles esspecially between the Kazakhs and the Georgians and the Kazakh athlete Aidarkhan ended up winning the class over the current WAF Champion Georgian Pretsuashvili. In 60kg class the finalists from the European Championships were the finalists of the WAF as well but this time the winner was Roman Tserekaev from Russia over the German puller Fabian Taeger who was the winner of the Europeans.
65kg class was full with the surprises. Last year's WAF champion Vali Farajov was toprolled by Oleg Cherkassov and sent to the B side and at the B side a very young Georgian athlete Irakli Zırakahsvili also toprolled and eliminated him. The biggest surprise of the class was Georgi Gaidardzhiev from Bulgaria. This guy had wars against Cherkassov and got tired before losing to Jambul Vibliani. But he still came back from the B side to beat Jambul in semi final and then beat Joseph Andria of Egypt in the final to take the gold.
70kg class was expected to have a final between last year's finalists Zair Akhmedov and Khetag Dzitiev. This happenned but Zair had easier time this year compared to the last year. IMO in their final match the slip was not a win but either a foul or strap but judging from their early match it is not hard to say that Zair was better. IMO in this class Matthiass from Germany deserved the 3. place but even though he won 4 times against (in A and B side) Hristo he was fouled out somehow. He was also made to beat Vephkia 4 times before he had to pull Hristo for bronze medal match. These things dont look good from outside and i really hope that these things will not happen again.
75kg right hand category was awesome and esspecially Gashevski showed that why he is a Legend.