What all armwrestling fans have been waiting for over the past year has been accomplished: the first stage of the grand Top-8 tournament was a success. Almost all fights were spectacular and memorable. All participants fought to the end and kept the intrigue, despite the dry results. ()
It is worth saying a few words about the rating duel which was on the opening, where Ilya Izman and Mirtaleh Aslanov pulled. Ilya in this meeting was in the role of a catch-up, and after the first fight, where Aslanov literally pinned the Ukrainian’s hand to the pillow, it seemed that there was no chance of winning. But Izman did not even give up and showed the highest skill to use every, even the most insignificant opportunity. As a result, Ilya was able to snatch victory in fouls in the second and fourth round, while Aslanov himself is injured in the pectoral muscle, and in subsequent rounds he can no longer fully fight. That's what it means to never give up and win with an obviously minimal chance. Bravo Ilya!
The first pair of Top-8 was Evgeniy Prudnik vs Rustam Babaev. Rustam was in the group of champions and was the nominal favorite, although many experts gave the victory with a minimum margin to Evgeniy, so it could be considered that they were equal opponents, and their fight was definitely the most expected. But Prudnik presented us his new version, he went to a qualitatively new level, in fact, he controlled the entire match. Although we should pay tribute to Rustam, in the first three fights no one could say for certain what the result would be. Rustam was close, but, as the experts said, Prudnik was more enduring, and with each subsequent fight he dominated more and more, until in the 6th round he gained total control. Outcome: 6-0 in favor of Evgeniy Prudnik.
Dmitry Trubin and Vitaly Laletin met in the second armfight. And again, it seemed that the rivals were fairly equal to each other, But Vitaly did the impossible, he brought such a form that he did not leave any chance to Dmitry. The only thing that Trubin could do was to try to go toproll without straps.