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