Medals harvest on the carpet
Belarusian wrestlers claim one gold and two bronze medals on first day, followed by two gold, two silver and four bronze on second, at International Freestyle Wrestling Grand Prix Championship
By Yegor Glebov
The event in honour of three time Olympic champion Alexander Medved was hosted by Minsk’s Sports Palace, delighting fans with a clutch of eleven medals in total. On the first day, Vladislav Andreev won the under 55kg category, defeating Russian Stepan Sorkomov in the finals. Meanwhile, bronze medals were claimed by Belarusian Vladlena Vydrenko (under 51kg) and Svetlana Lomashevich (under 55kg). The latter defeated her teammate, Natalia Kovzunova, in the bronze final.
Belarusian Murad Gaidarov (under 84kg) and Ivan Yankovsky (under 96kg) both took gold the following day, while Omar Megomedov (84kg) and Maria Mamoshuk (63kg) were awarded silver. Alexey Nikolaev (120kg), Anastasia Guchok (63kg), Anna Savenya (67kg) and Vasilisa Marzalyuk (72kg) all claimed bronze medals.
The Russian national team won the overall standings, boasting four gold, three silver and seven bronze awards. Belarus came second (3, 2, 6), followed by Azerbaijan (3, 1, 2). Nine countries claimed awards at the Alexander Medved tournament, which has been held in Minsk since 1970. Since 1994, the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA) has given the tournament the Grand Prix category.