The 22nd IFA International Polish Cup in Armwrestling is already over so it's time to introduce the competitor who took the first place in 63kg seniors. Twice – with both arms. ()
The first international edition of the Polish Cup wasn't impressive when it came to the turnup of athletes from abroad but it was, nevertheless, a start. The date was alright, the place too. I'm sure we'll see much more representatives from different countries next year.
Let's see the results of the Cup in cat. 63 kg:
SENIOR MEN RIGHT and LEFT 63 KG – first place.
Earlier, in Rumia, at the European Championships in juniors cat. 63 kg – silver in both left and right.
PeSzy: Let me ask you first, then – how did you even end up in armwrestling?
Elkhan Sheidaiev: I first found armwrestling interesting after I saw my good friend and ex-classmate fight in the World Championships on YouTube. It really motivated me, and I decided to find out if there are any arm clubs in my suburbs of Kharkiv. There was a club nearby, it was called ZEUS and that's where my first trainer, Valentin Bykov, taught me. He had 15 years of experience, taught me basic technique and told me in general what armwrestling is about. I worked three full months with him and after that I left to Poland. When I arrived in Katowice, I started looking for armwrestling clubs.
My friend told me that there's a table in a hall in Katowice so we went there, we fought and then Mariusz Grochowski came to see who we were. He suggested we went to the Polish Championships to see how it was.
We were shocked!
It became another motivation for me: after the championships, he invited us to train with Tytan Jaworzno. It's important, we really liked the hall after coming, and the boys accepted us into their team.