Domestic ring proves successful
Four gold medals and three silver for Belarusians at 13th international boxing tournament in memory of Soviet Union Hero Victor Liventsev
Dmitry Asanov of Molodechno (under 56kg) earned the first gold medal for the Belarusian team, turning around his match against Mirodzhan Akhmadaliev of Uzbekistan to claim victory. Vazgen Safaryants (60kg) won his match against Turkey’s Yasin Ilmar far more easily, bringing a second gold for his squad. Meanwhile, Pavel Kostromin (69kg) beat Makhmud Garipov of Uzbekistan, who had previously beaten more experienced Belarusian boxer Magomed Nurudinov. In the under 75kg category, Victor Murashkin of Belarus defeated Andrey Trotsevsky, also claiming gold.
Yevgeny Dolgolevets conceded to Kazakh Abylaikhan Zhussupov (64kg) while Alexander Kaleev was beaten by Bodur Dzhalolov of Uzbekistan (over 91kg), leaving both with silver medals.
Belarus’ Vladislav Kaliyants, Ivan Figurenko, Rodion Davydov, Dmitry Sapon, Magomed Nurudinov, Ilyas Odinaev, Vadim Pankov and Anatoly Martyneko failed to win their semi-final matches in their weight categories, leaving them to claim bronze medals.
In total, our Belarusian athletes earned 15 medals: 4 gold, 3 silver and 8 bronze. The tournament in Minsk featured boxers from 10 countries: Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Moldova, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
The next major tournament is the European Games, scheduled for June in Baku, providing the first qualifying places for the autumn championship in Doha, before Olympic Rio. Belarus’ medal success in Minsk inspires us to hope for positive results.
By Kirill Karin