Rustam Babaiev - you have all known him for years. Recently, he wrote in his profile about his history in our sport. For those who did not find this - I publish it in the text. And to that - I tried to ask the Master two more questions. Rustam is not talkative, so these are short answers, but you are welcome! ()
If you compare our sport - the end of the 20th century and today - what do you think are the biggest differences?
Rustam: At the end of the twentieth century, almost everything was decided by physical strength. Today, strength is not enough. Athlets have mastered a lot of techniques. That is why anthropometry is more important now. Physical strength is also very important, but the result of the duel is not as obvious as at the end of the 20th century.
What or who was the biggest surprise for you over the years?
Rustam (smiling): There have always been surprises. Especially when you go to a higher category or register for open in pro tournament. In fact, I tried to surprise many people myself. And I often succeeded.
It was a long time ago - 1998. At that time I was under 16 years old and my weight was about 63-65 kg. Friends invited me to the club to celebrate the birthday of one of them.