Igor Mazurenko shared his thoughts on the effectiveness of the first stage of the Top 8 for each athlete. ()
The fourth place in the Top 8 was taken by Kydyrgali Ongarbayev. He was one of the lightest participants in the category, but managed to get so high. In the first match with Alex Kurdecha, Kydyrgali was able to win with a score of 5-1, then he lost the match with Levan Saginashvili, and in the third round he met with Evgeny Prudnik, but, unfortunately, could not do anything and lost 5-1. Kydyrgali Ongarbayev goes into the 95 kg category, and instead comes Dmitry Trubin, who will continue to fight in the champion pool.
95 kg is the weight category where Ongarbayev can rise very high. Yes, very strong athletes also participate there, but Kydyrgali is one of the favorites. Therefore, being in the champion pool, he will choose his opponent at the draw in February.
In the third position of Top 8 is Evgeny Prudnik. At the first stage, Evgeny fought with Rustam Babaev. Once Rustam fought with Evgeny equally, so everyone expected a serious fight. But that did not happen. Prudnik was so strong that did not leave Rustam any chance. In the second stage, Prudnik fought with Laletin, where he lost 5-1: Vitaly did not give Evgeny the opportunity to use his strongest hook.