Turkmenistan leads overall medal standings in Kickboxing
Competitors from Iran and Turkmenistan won the majority of medals on the fourth day of the Asian Kickboxing Confederation (WAKO Asia) Championships 2016/17 at the Martial Arts Arena in the Ashgabat Olympic Complex on Saturday.
Iran won 11 gold and two silver to emerge as the most successful country on the tournament’s fourth day. Turkmenistan, with seven gold and 10 silver medals, followed.
The host still narrowly leads the overall medal table, with 14 gold, 13 silver and 23 bronze medals over the four days of competition, while Iran, on 13 gold, six silver and 12 bronze medals is second. Kyrgyzstan, with seven gold, as many silver and 12 bronze medals, is in third spot.
Kyrgyzstan’s Rustam Ibragimov took double gold medals in the men’s 60kg low kick and full contact categories, and was very happy with his performance.
“I was quite comfortable during both final matches and I’m really happy with the double win. I knew I could do it, but it was never going to be easy. I kept myself focused and took the wins.”
Meanwhile, Tajikistan’s Firuzdzhon Nabiev, who won the men’s 69kg point fight final earlier in the day, was aiming to add a second gold to his tally, but lost to Turkmenistan’s Ysmayyi Atayev in the 63kg kick light final.
“I really wanted to return from Turkmenistan with two gold medals. Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be. Atayev was really good and he didn’t give me much of a chance. I may have also been a little tired from my first final of the day. There’s nothing to do now but be satisfied with the medals I won.”
Iran’s Marjan Shahi won one of the closest contests on the fourth day, defeating Turkmenistan’s Zuhrazhan Dzhumabayeva 11-10 in the women’s 55kg point fighting final.
“It was a very closely-fought final. After the first three rounds, we were tied at 3-3, 6-6 and 10-10. In the end, I won 1-0 during the extra period. It was a special feeling because I defeated a home favourite. The whole crowd had been supporting my opponent. I didn’t let that distract me. This victory is very sweet.”
Turkmenistan and Iran are on top of the medal table, followed by Kyrgyzstan (seven, seven, 12), Tajikistan (six, four, three), Iraq (three, one, seven), India (one, seven, 23), Macau (one, three, four), Syria (one, one, six), Chinese Taipei (one silver, five bronze), Afghanistan (one silver, three bronze), Malaysia (one silver, three bronze), Nepal (one silver, one bronze), Korea (three bronze) and the Philippines (two bronze).
The final day of kickboxing action will start at the Martial Arts Arena on Sunday morning.
The Asian Kickboxing Championships is a part of the Inspiring Ashgabat Test Event Series, which also included the Senior Asian Weightlifting Championships and the Central Asian Short Course Swimming Tournament, and is taking place between 23 and 30 April.
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