Yuzhnouralsk athletes won seven medals of the Russian Thai boxing championship
The competitions were held in Magnitogorsk from 15 to 19 March. Today, Sunday, the last sets of awards were drawn.
For five days, more than 200 athletes from 31 regions of Russia entered the rings. In total, Thai boxers had about 140 fights. 25 referees followed the fights.
The participants of the competition noted the high organizational level of the tournament. Dmitry Putilin, president of the Thai Boxing Federation of Russia, said that the Russian championship is the main start of the year for athletes. In addition, the competitions are designed to popularize Muay Thai in the regions and attract people to the sections. For example, two halls have already been opened in Magnitogorsk, where Thai boxing training takes place.
“This year, the main start of the season will be the World Combat Games, which will be held in Saudi Arabia. This is the largest start of the triennium in martial arts, 16 sports, 5 Olympic, the rest are non-Olympic, including Muay Thai. To qualify for this start, we need to take part in the World and European Championships. We are carefully working on this issue,” Dmitry Putilin added.
On the final day, not only the winners of the remaining awards were determined, but also the winners of the team standings. Here, the first place belongs to the team of the Kemerovo region - Kuzbass. Next came the teams of the Republic of Dagestan and Moscow.
The organizers also provided individual prizes in the nomination "best fighter" of the Russian championship. Among men, this title was taken by the representative of the Kemerovo region Eduard Sayk. At the tournament, he won a gold medal, thus becoming a four-time champion of Russia. At the competition, the 23-year-old athlete had three fights, and he finished two of them ahead of schedule, even defeating world champion Ali Aliyev from Dagestan. The thaiboxer also finished in the final with an early victory.
“In fact, it is, as they say, just a “lucky punch”, there were no ideas, I did not try to finish ahead of schedule, there was just a goal to win. Of course I'm happy. I went up from 75 kilos, that is such a big jump of 11 kilos in the weight category, I think no one has done it for so long. I boxed with a large underweight, that is, literally at the weigh-in, I weighed not 86, but 82-83 kilograms, that is, this also gave my rivals a big start. I just worked, boxed for my own pleasure. When you do something for your own pleasure, you always succeed,” Eduard Sayk shared his impressions.
In women, Anastasia Kolosova, an athlete from the Chelyabinsk region, who became the champion of Russia at these competitions, was recognized as the “best fighter”.
The team of the Chelyabinsk region at the "home" tournament took seven medals into its piggy bank. So, Anastasia Kolosova won gold, and Vera Negodina won silver. The rest of the awards are bronze. Chelyabinsk residents Alexander Glagolev, Igor Bolgarsky, Anna Nesterova and Magnitogorsk residents Yana Bovykina and Magomed Magomedov became their owners.