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Saturday, 07 March 2015 21:58

Haji Alijanov ranks fifth in the Minsk Grand Prix / VIDEO

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The 45th international Alexander Medved freestyle and women’s wrestling tournament has finished in Minsk, capital of Belarus. The members of our national freestyle wrestling team also participated at the tournament.

The freestylers wrestled in 61, 70, 86 and 125 kg weight classes on the second day of the competition.

One of our wrestlers Haji Alijanov (86 kg) joined the tournament from 1/16 final. He started off with a victory against the wrestler from Turkmenistan, but then lost his next bout to the Russian representative, European and World champion AbdulrashidSadullayev. As Haji’s rival reached the final bout, he received second chance to join the repechages. He consequently won against Belarus’s Eugene Aleshkevic and Moldova’s PyotrYanulov and reached the bronze medal round. His rival in the final bout was the US representative Richard Perry, however Haji Alijanov lost 4:1 and ranked 5th in the tournament.

61 kg
1/32 final – Ruhlan Mammadov – Vladimir Kudrin (KAZ)
1/16 final – Ruhlan Mammadov – Jo McCan (USA)
1/8 final – Daulet Niyazbekov (KAZ) – Ruhlan Mammadov

70 kg
1/32 final – Mirza Abdulbekov (BLR) – Hajimurad Omarov 0:10
1/16 final – Toghrul Asgarov – Cyler Sanderson (USA)
1/16 final – Jason Welsh (USA) – Hajimurad Omarov 10:6
1/8 final – Rustam Jafaryan (UKR) – Toghrul Asgarov 6:7
1/4 final – Toghrul Asgarov – Ildus Giniyatullin (RUS)

86 kg
1/32 final – Mohammedhaji Khatiyev – Pyotr Yanulov (MDA)
1/16 final – Haji Alijanov – Selimmuhammet Muhadiyev (TKM)
1/8 final – Abdulrashid Sadullayev (RUS) – Haji Alijanov
Repechage match – Eugene Aleshkevic (BLR) – Haji Alijanov
Repechage match – Haji Alijanov – Pyotr Yanulov (MDA) 3:1
Bronze medal match – Haji Alijanov – Richard Perry (USA) 1:4

125 kg
1/16 final – Ali Magomedabirov – Dmitriy Popov (KAZ) 0:6

We would like to remind our readers that two of our wrestlers competed in the final round in 97 kg weight class on the first day of the tournament. Khetag Gazyumov won against Sharif Sharifov. Thus our wrestlers completed the first day of the tournament with 1 gold and 1 silver medal.

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