WORLD COMBAT GAMES: gold medals for Andrei KULEBIN and Artem LEVIN
Muaythai: here are the results of the SportAccord World Combat Games which was held in Saint Petersburg (Russia).
On the final day of men's Muaythai competition at the SportAccord World Combat Games, there weren't one but two final bouts between athletes from Thailand and Russia
First, Preecha Wongsa defeated Arslan Bagunov in the 54kg category and was crowned as a champion. Then in the 57kg category, Aleksandr Abramov who had every chance to win his combat against Sapmanee Ruthaiphan and was very close to getting his revenge for Russia over Thailand lost by one point.
Russians were left disappointed after their first final bouts, but Artem Levin and Artem Vahitov relieved their pain with two good wins in the 81 kg and 91 kg categories respectively. Levin met his old adversary Dmitry Valent from Belarus and did not have trouble winning.
“That's the highest moment in every athlete's career”, Levin said afterwards. “World Combat Games is undoubtedly a pinnacle for amateur fighters, and the Games are ranked as high in their eyes as the Olympics, since Muaythai is non-Olympic sport”.
“I won the competition for the second time in my life and that's an exciting moment I will never forget”.
While Levin was still talking to journalists about his emotions, his teammate Artem Vahitov won his fight by TKO in round 1 with a perfectly executed jumping knee strike. When Zaynalabid Magomedov defeated Vital Hurkou (Belarus) in the 71kg category later that evening, he added the third gold medal for Russia in Muaythai.
Belorussian fighters who were left frustrated by their first two finals in the men's competition finally got their first gold thanks to Andrei Kulebin. He took the upper hand in his combat against Sergii Kuliaba in the 67 kg category. His opponent was one of three Ukrainian boxers who made it to the finals, but the only one who lost in his quest for gold.
SPORTACCORD WORLD COMBAT GAMES - Muaythai :
54kg : Preecha WONGSA (Thailand) wins in final vs Arslan BAGUNOV (Russia)
57kg : Sapmanee RUTHAIPHAN (Thailand) wins in final vs Alksandr ABRAMOV (Russia)
63,5kg : Igor LIUBCHENKO (Ukraine) wins in final vs Manop SRIRUPI (Thailand)
67kg : Andrei KULEBIN (Belarus) wins in final vs Sergei KULIABA (Ucraina)
71kg : Zaynalabid MAGOMEDOV (Russia) wins in final vs Vitali HURKOU (Belarus)
75kg : Vitalii NIKIFOROV (Ukraine) wins in final vs Alex TOBIASSON (Sweden)
81kg : Artem LEVIN (Russia) wins in final vs Dimitry VALENT (Belarus)
91kg : Artem VAKHITOV (Russia)wins in final vs Emidio BARONE (Italy)
51kg : Fatima PINTO (Norway) wins in final vs Miss Ruchira WONGSRIWO (Thailand)
54kg : Ratchadaphon WIHANTAMMA (Thailand) wins in final vs Natalia DYACHKOVA (Russia)
60kg : Valentina SHEVCHENKO (Peru) wins in final vs Anastasia SHARMONOVA (Ukraine)