From Moscow with medals
European Sambo Championship in Moscow proves a success for Belarusian wrestlers
By Yuri Bakerev
The team boasts an impressive crop of 17 medals from the event (2 gold, 5 silver and 10 bronze). Moreover, it occupied an honorary second place overall, behind Russia — with 24 medals.
Alexander Koksha (under 68kg) and Andrey Kazusenok (under 90kg) became world champions while Alexey Stepankov, Vasily Kuznetsov, Alexander Vakhovyak, Marina Zharskaya and Anzhela Paim-Kraskovskaya were awarded silver medals. Meanwhile, Dzhambulat Akhmadov, Ivan Aniskevich, Vae Tutkhalyan, Alexey Romanchik, Igor Rassokha, Yulia Steshenko, Anna Zaletskaya, Olga Namazova, Maria Kuznetsova and Yulia Borisik returned home with bronze.
The successes of our Belarusian sambo wrestlers are precious but their importance is even more significant against the background of competing against around 450 athletes from 33 countries — a record for such tournaments.