September 14-15, in Shenzhen, China, the D1 China Open professional tournament was held, which became the mother platform for the second stage for the Top-8. ()
According to Igor Mazurenko, president of PAL, the idea of holding a tournament of this level at the production company D1 arose long ago, and it came to life thanks to a fruitful cooperation with the Professional Armwrestling League.
The tournament was attended by about 180 athletes from a dozen teams. Among the participants are representatives of China, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Korea, Australia, Great Britain, the USA and other countries. This was facilitated by an impressive prize fund of $ 100,500.
At D1 China Open, for the first time in a professional tournament for participants, the age categories of juniors U-23 and masters were introduced. It is interesting that the winners of the junior categories - Roman Mantyka and Alexander Bezyazykov, also received prizes among adults.
In general, each category was very dense and saturated.
In the weight category of 57 kg, the Ukrainian champion Oleksiy Mykytiuk became the absolute champion. He easily passed all the opponents on his left hand. Safuan Asif from Malaysia was able to provide him with a worthy support on the right, but in the final match the victory still remained with Oleksiy.
In the category of 63 kg on the left hand, the highest result was shown by the Japanese Yasunori Saito, the second was Egor Leshtaev from Russia.