Turkmen athletes enter semi-finals of 3x3 Basketball
Turkmenistan women’s 3x3 Basketball team and a wushu practitioner were the country’s best performers on a medal-less day at the Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku on Saturday.
Turkmen women enter 3x3 Basketball semis
Turkmen women are one step closer to a maiden medal in 3x3 Basketball after they entered the semi-finals by beating Syria 16-14. Ayna Gokova proved to be the side’s best player, sinking 10 points and collecting as many rebounds.
The women’s team will take on Mali in the last four on Sunday. The men’s teams of the two countries are scheduled to play their quarter-final tie on the same day.
Narrow bronze medal miss in wrestling
Turkmenistan narrowly missed a bronze in the men’s 61kg freestyle event in the Wrestling tournament. Saparmyrat Myradov, who lost his opening bout against the host’s Haji Aliyev (0-4), went ahead via repechage.
Myradov defeated Tajikistan’s Todzhiddin Khodzhaev (3-1) to qualify for the bronze medal play-off, which he lost against Iran’s Masoud Esmaeilpoorjouybari (4-0).
In the men’s 86kg freestyle category, Selimmuhammet Muhadyyev beat Cameroon’s Gatsia Jose Guissay Baissemma 5-0 in the pre-quarter-finals, but he lost to Uzbekistan’s Rashid Kurbanov 0-4 in the next stage.
Meanwhile, 70kg freestyle wrestler Batyr Orazgylyjov made a first-round exit.
Men shot putters finish in top 10
Turkmenistan’s challenge in track and field has ended, with hammer throwers Maksat Mammedov (16.11) and Tejen Hommadov (14.45) finishing seventh and ninth in the final respectively.
Mammedov passed 16m once, during the fifth of his six attempts, while Hommadov’s outing ended after three tries.
Turkmenistan exits tennis tournament
The women’s doubles pair of Anastasiya Prenko and Jahan Bayramova went down to Uzbekistan’s Sabina Sharipova and Polina Merenokova in the semi-finals (4-6, 2-6).
Bayramova had to bounce back for the singles, but went down to Sharipova 2-6, 1-6 in the singles quarter-final.
Turkmenistan is currently 14th on the medal table with 12 medals (two gold, four silver, six bronze).
Host Azerbaijan held on to its top spot on the medal table, with 66 gold, 39 silver and 29 bronze. Turkey is within sniffing distance of the top spot, having 65 gold, 58 silver and 45 bronze. Iran is third (24, 25, 33)
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