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Daily Preview: 26 September 2017

26 September, 2017 (10:23)

It’s Tuesday, 26 September, the eleventh and penultimate day of competition at the Ashgabat 2017 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, and there is still much to be decided and many more medals to be awarded before we wrap things up tomorrow.

There are nine sports scheduled for action on Tuesday – Billiard Sports, Bowling, Chess, DanceSport, Futsol, Indoor Tennis, Kickboxing, Sambo, and Wrestling – and all save for Bowling will see competition for medals over the course of the day. And for all but Bowling, Chess, and Indoor Tennis, today will be their final day on the Ashgabat 2017 programme.

All eyes will be on the Multifunctional Sports Venue this afternoon when the men’s Futsal tournament comes to a close with a pair of medal Games. With Japan and Afghanistan squaring off for bronze, and Iran and Uzbekistan set to put it all on the line in the gold medal Game, it’s going to be must-watch action at the MSV beginning at 17:00 local time.

Indoor Tennis action on Tuesday will be highlighted by an all-Indonesia final in the women’s singles, with Beatrice Gumulya and Aldila Sutjiadi set to square off at noon. Friends, teammates, and even roommates on the road, the battle between the 26-year-old Indonesian number one-ranked player Gumulya and the 22-year-old Sutjiadi brings a great storyline to the end of the women’s singles tournament.  

Billiard Sports will see a handful of medals handed out over the course of a long final day of competition, with women’s 10-Ball Pool Singles, men’s Russian Pyramid Combined Style Singles, and, to close it all out, the men’s Snooker Singles all up for contest.

The second and final day of DanceSport competition looks to be a corker, with Samba, Cha-Cha-Cha, Rumba, Paso Doble, and Jive medal events all lined up to hit the dance floor this afternoon. After Monday’s competition saw a packed house of Turkmen fans fully embracing the DanceSport atmosphere, Tuesday afternoon at the Taekwondo Dancesport Arena is looking like one of the top tickets in town.

Kickboxing and Sambo are the final two martial arts left to be contested at Ashgabat 2017, and both promise to go out with a bang on their last day of competition.

There will be seven medal events to fought out in Kickboxing, including the heavyweight men’s Low Kick -81kg bout and the lone women’s contest of the day, the Low Kick -52kg bout.

After a huge day in Sambo competition on Monday where they took four of seven gold medals available, the host Turkmen squad will be looking to pile on the medals again on Tuesday with seven more sets of Sambo medals to be contested.

Eight weight classes will be contested in Wrestling on Tuesday, when competition in the Greco-Roman style closes out the sport’s tenure at Ashgabat 2017. While the Turkmen squad hasn’t fared quite as well in the Olympic style of Wrestling as it did in Belt and Traditional Wrestling styles earlier in the Ashgabat 2017 calendar, with five medals thus far the host nation can still close things out well with a strong showing. China leads the Wrestling medal table with five golds and seven medals total.

Finally, Chess competition will switch gears on Tuesday, with the exciting Rapid Team and Rapid Team Under-23 competitions happening in both the men’s and women’s categories.

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