The Arm-wrestling World Cup, held Nov.16-19, brought together the strongest handlers from 31 countries. The Kazakhstan team included 26 athletes.
Ahmed Aliyev, the honoured coach of Kazakhstan and vice president of the Arm-wrestling Federation, prepared the athletes for the international competitions.
“We returned from the World Cup, one of the most prestigious and popular tournaments in arm-wrestling. The Kazakhstan team was composed of 26 people, including five women, ; sportsmen with disabilities also took part. As a result, our team took the second team place, losing to the Russian national team,” Aliyev said.
As a result of the competitions, the first places were taken by Tatyana Verina, Alizhan Muratov, Talgat Aktayev and Kydyrgali Ongarbayev. Yerzhan Abild, Nurdaulet Kadir and Magzhan Shamiev won silver. Ilya Ilyin and Oksana Pismennaya became world cup bronze medallists.
The vice-president of the arm-wrestling federation emphasised that this is an excellent result, which once again confirmed the high level of preparation of athletes from Kazakhstan.
“At the World Cup I performed for the first time and in the finals, I met an athlete from Russia in the weight category up to 78 kilogrammes. Despite the fact that the favourites were athletes from Georgia, Latvia, Turkey and Ukraine, it was me who managed to win,” arm-wrestling world champion Alizhan Muratov shared his impressions.
The Georgian team took third place in the Arm-wrestling World Cup.