Confirming supreme mastery
Belarusian wrestlers win awards at major international tournaments in Sweden and Turkey
Anastasia Guchok has won bronze in the under 60kg event at Sweden’s Klippan Ladies’ Open. After her defeat in the quarter-finals, the 2013 European champion smashed Azerbaijan’s Yulia Ratkevich (10:2). Impressively, Anastasia claimed three tournament medals in all, wrestling against those from 23 countries, including many world champions.
Belarusian taekwondo master Arman-Marshall Silla also won bronze: at the WTF G1 Turkish Open 2015, in Antalya. In the over 87kg category, he submitted to Russia’s Arsen Tkinaridze in the semi-finals, while fifth place went to Belarusian Darya Zubovich. Vladislav Statkevich and Alina Krishneva were both placed ninth.
The quartet of Belarusians — including leading sportswoman Yekaterina Lis — were knocked out early, leaving Arman-Marshall Silla the absolute leader of Belarusian taekwondo, enjoying a higher world ranking than his colleagues (in both Olympic and non-Olympic categories). In the 80kg+ Olympic category, the sportsman is seeded 23rd, as well as 15th globally in the 87kg+ non-Olympic category (with the same sum of points).
By Igor Leshin