This year Oleg Zhoh left the category up to 78 kg and champion’s place on the left arm was vacant. Serious struggle turned for gold and Magzhan Shamiev from Kazakhstan became a new champion. ()
Some time ago Magzhan pulled at the World Championships in Bulgaria, where he took two second places. And he had almost no time to prepare for Zloty Tur:
"I was unable to improve my shape after the Worlds, because we had been preparing for only two weeks. I think that I did not my 100% to Zloty Tur".
Category up to 78 kg was the most numerous and full of talented athletes, but Magzhan eventually managed to take gold:
"Yes, there were many strong and titled athlete, I knew it would be very difficult. Before the tournament, I only rested for three days, and my hands were not fully restored. The most difficult for me was to fight with Kazimir Iskandarov, after that I have very bad hand. But the most important thing is that I won in the category in which pulled several world champions".
On the left hand Magzhan became champion, and on the right ranked fifth. It was clear that he was ready for a better result, but fouls prevented him:
"The right hand, too, was good, but I made a small mistake and lost.