There is not much time left until the annual main professional arm wrestling tournament - the "Zloty Tur” Professional World Cup. What will be the composition and alignment of forces in the categories - this issue worries not only amateurs and spectators of arm wrestling, but also the participants of this spectacular and prestigious battle. Review of the heavyweights category from Ilya Izman. ()
Category over 105 kg.
In connection with the fact that the organizers of the Vendetta All Stars - Armfight # 50 collected almost the whole bunch of arm wrestling stars, Zloty's heavyweights’ class seems to become pretty empty.
Two Georgian athletes, Levan Saginashvili and Genadi Kvikvinia are now in the rating armfights, and for many participants in the heavyweight category this is a huge chance to show themselves. Also the battle for the World Cup will lack: Dave Chafee, Andrei Pushkar, Denis Tsyplenkov, Devon Larratt, Vitaly Laletin, as well as the opening of the last year's tournament - Alex Kurdecha.
What do we have in the bottom line? Is the category 105+ "empty" and not spectacular now?
I think that Dmitry Silaev, the current world champion from Russia, would categorically disagree with this statement. We all know perfectly well that Dima has stepped over the status of just promising young athlete long time ago and is a well-established professional arm wrestler now. This year, Silaev has every chance to compete for the cherished Professional World Cup and openly declares his champion ambitions.
He can probably be accompanied by other Russian pros such as Georgy Lyashchuk and Zaur Paizulayev, who have already shown themselves on the Zloty Tur 2017 , and finished quite high in the final protocol. The Russian team has always been famous for its heavyweights, so I personally would be interested in seeing other sportsmen: Gazimagomed Gazimagomedov, known as the "Iron Hand", Zakhar Bagayev, Dmitry Pavin, Andrei Barskov. All these guys - almost stepped on the heels of Silayev in the last national championship, and can properly make a buzz in the heavy category at the upcoming Zloty Tur.
Belarussian team will put forward in the category over 105 kg their stars - Alexandr Yankovskiy (last year Silver prize-winner right hand), Vyacheslav Sharagovich and Dmitry Shmyko.
Many of you probably seen the titanic confrontation of Vyacheslav and Dmitry at the Belarus Nationals, when they showed up a severe fight. All of them are candidates for the fight in the top-10 of the heavyweight class and having a good shape and a lucky draw - even for the prize places in the category. Do these guys have a chance to pull for the gold? In my opinion, Yankovsky has a chance first of all, but for this he needs to significantly progress in his strength indicators.
I expect very much the appearance of the Georgian athletes at the tournament, especially one of them.
Revaz Lutidze, according to our friends from Georgian team, in his best shape can impose a complicated struggle even to his teammates - Levan and Genadi. Will he manage to gain his best shape and fight for the “Zloty Tur” gold - is absolutely unknown by now.
Italians, as usual, are likely to come by their traditional squad.
David Cappa and Manuel Bataglia are experienced enough athletes, but whether they still have a reserve of progress for their success at this year’s World Cup is also unknown.
Eccentric Sabin Badulescu from Romania, who sparkled in preliminary stage of European Championship 2017 in the match with Levan Saginashvili on the right hand, could be a real candidate for a title of a new champion of the super heavyweight category among pros, but after that victory, Sabin hasn’t surprised the fans of armwrestling with anything. Many considered that victory accidental, lucky grip, Levan’s mistake, but not the result of Badulescu’s “super shape”. Well, maybe in Levan’s and Genadi’s absence in the tournament grid , Sabin will get a new motivation and we will see anew level of the athlete. his teammate - Ion Puskasu - became 4th at the Worlds and can become a serious problem for other athletes in the category as well. Besides a good technique, this athlete is widely known by his extraordinary strong grip. There are a lot of videos online with his closing of the well-known expander, which the international certification is made on.
From Ukrainian team we are waiting for the battle of Dmitry Ionov and Aleksey Semerenko.
Dmitry shows linear progress in many tournaments for several years in a row and the shape of Semerenko is completely different from the one we are used to.