The European Championship-2017 ended and we calmed down. What was amazing about these competitions? ()
First of all I wanted to mention the work done by the host of the championship - the Polish Armwrestling Federation. Undoubtedly, the bar of holding such events after this championship has grown, and the following countries that would take championships will need to try very hard if they want to do at least the same as it was in Katowice.
Along with the level of organization, the level of participants grows every year, and this affects on the spectacle of fights. Junior categories were amazing, in these age categories we can consider the future stars of arm wrestling. Many of them fought in their age categories, and afterwards they pulled well among senior sportsmen. Strong examples are Betkili Oniani and Irakli Zirakashvili from Georgia, Soslan Gassiev from Russia, Tatyana Tsyarpitskaya from Belarus, Emre Albas from Turkey and Vladislavs Krasovskis from Latvia. These athletes won prizes both in juniors and adults. Emre Albas took gold on his left and in the fight among juniors and in the struggle of senior in one of the most difficult categories - up to 60 kg. Also won in juniors and in seniors Betkili Oniani in the category of up to 75 kg on the left hand. Soslan Gassiev showed an excellent fight, he had no equal in the junior category, and in senior he pulled very well, finishing third and losing only to Evgeny Prudnik and Sasho Andreev.
Sasho Andreev once again confirmed his uniqueness.