Daily Preview: Final day of Indoor Athletics, first day of Kurash competition on Wednesday
Day four of competition at the Ashgabat 2017 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games will see contests across 12 sports, with medal events set to go down in Belt Wrestling, Billiard Sports, Indoor Athletics, Kurash, Muaythai, Taekwondo, and Weightlifting. Wednesday’s action will be the first day of competition for the Kurash fighters, while for those over in Indoor Athletics, it will be their final Ashgabat 2017 showcase, with some marquee events set to be contested.
Uzbekistan heads into Wednesday’s Kurash competition looking strong, lead into their medal hunt by world champion and 2015 “Kurash Wrestler of the Year” Davlat Abraev (UZB) in the -73kg category. With 2015 +100kg world champion Mukhsin Khisomiddinov and two more 2017 world championship bronze medallist also in their ranks, Uzbekistan should be the ones to watch beginning today.
Over in Indoor Athletics, just nine more medal events wait to close out what has been a consistently exciting Ashgabat 2017 showcase for the men and women of track and field. With men’s Heptathlon, men’s High Jump, men’s and women’s 800m, men’s and women’s 4x400m relay, and more all lined for Wednesday evening, the excitement at the Indoor Athletics Arena promises to carry on right through to the very end.
Billiard Sports will see its first day of medal competition in the Russian Pyramid Free Style event, while Muaythai will also see its first day of medals contested after three days of preliminary competition. Women’s 58kg and men’s 69kg Weightlifting classes will power it out in the Snatch and Clean & Jerk events, while Taekwondo will see women’s -49kg, -58kg, and -62kg, and men’s -80kg medal competition.
Finally, the second day of Belt Wrestling promises to continue the medal parade for the host nation of Turkmenistan, who are riding high atop the medal table after several days of domination in the ring to open Ashgabat 2017 competition.
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