Cocktail of applause and splash

At the Moscow World Championship in wrestling, the Russians won a team victory, winning five gold, three silver and eight bronze medals. All in all, 21 sets of awards were played at the tournament. The contribution of Krasnoyarsk athletes to this success is quite significant. Freestyle wrestler Viktor Lebedev won the gold medal, Lorisa Oorzhak won the silver medal, and the Greco-Romans Nazyr Mankiev and Aslanbek Khushtov won two bronze medals.

Of course, the majority of sports fans are from our cities worried about their fighters. But it is difficult to disagree with Natalya Yarygina, who is now a member of the Bureau of the International Federation of United Wrestling Styles (FILA) and the first vice-president of the Russian Wrestling Federation (FSBR), that the Krasnoyarsk citizens followed the fate of Lorisa Oorzhak with special attention. And they wished her success especially strongly. A car accident in 2007 deprived Lorisa of a kidney, and only thanks to her boundless willpower, Oorzhak not only returned to active life, but also again became the leader of the Russian national team in the weight category up to 48 kg. We know with what passion Lorisa fights, more than once we have witnessed how at the Yarygin tournament she triumphantly threw up her hand in a high jump. At the Moscow World Championship, the pupil of Viktor Raikov won three fights in a row. First, in a very nervous and difficult duel with the Chinese woman Zhao Shash (1: 2, 5: 2, 3: 3), where the victory was awarded to Oorzhak only thanks to her last effective action in the decisive period. By the way, Shasha then successfully passed the mill of repechage bouts and won a bronze medal. Then Lorisa was defeated – already with a larger margin and less worries – Belarusian Vanessa Kolodzinskaya. For reaching the final, our athlete was opposed, but unsuccessfully, by Patimat Bagomedova from Azerbaijan. In the final, Oorzhak fought for gold with the Japanese Hitomi Sakamoto, a six-time world champion in the category up to 51 kg. The first period was left for Lorisa – 2: 1… However, already in the second segment, her strength began to leave her. In a winning situation, she was unable to throw as clearly as usual, and Sakamoto was able to score later the victory point. In the third period, the Japanese woman was unstoppable and won with a tennis score of 6: 0. After the final, Lorisa admitted that she was dissatisfied with the second consecutive silver medal at the World Championship – she hoped to win, but, apparently, the hardest two-month training camp affected, after which all Russian women accumulated fatigue. In addition, Oorzhak and Sakamoto had never met before, but Lorisa is sure that she will definitely pick up a key for Hitomi for the London Olympics. Moreover, an agreement in principle was reached on joint training camps of the Russian women’s national team and the Japanese team.

The only gold medal for the wrestlers of the Krasnoyarsk Territory was won by Viktor Lebedev, a Yakut freestyle wrestler who is currently training under the leadership of Dmitry Mindiashvili and Vladimir Modosyan at the wrestling academy. Our coaches fully managed to cut the diamond of Lebedev’s natural talent, and he demonstrated at the championship a mature and confident struggle, devoid of visible flaws. Victor proved by deeds that it was not for nothing that the coaches of the Russian national team, even after his not entirely successful bronze debut at last year’s World Championships, continued to see him as a leader in the weight category up to 55 kg. Dmitry Mindiashvili sees the key to success primarily in the fact that Lebedev has matured as a person. Serious work in training helped him expand his technical arsenal, although there is something to strengthen. For example, in hand work. Also, according to Dmitry Georgievich, it is necessary to carefully prepare tactical and technical traps for the opponents. But what pleases Lebedev’s mentors is how Viktor – regardless of whether he is leading or losing – continues to act actively and keeps the initiative in his hands..

This is what allowed Lebedev to win difficult victories in the semifinals over Cuban Frank Chamizo Marquez and in the final over Azerbaijani athlete Tohrula Asgarov. In the fight for gold after the victorious (1: 0) of the first period, Victor missed, as the boxers would say, the strongest “splash” in the second period: Asgarov won with a score of 3: 0. However, this did not embarrass Lebedev – he competently built his tactics in the third round and won with a minimum score, without giving the opponent a half chance.

Unfortunately, not only at the football world championship, but also at the world championship on the fight, the judges showed at times strange decisions, showing either their incompetence, or bias. This happened in the second period of Lebedev’s final fight, where he was not given an honestly earned point when he got out of the clinch. A similar controversial episode, when the Russian athlete did not receive a point, and his rival was awarded a dubiously earned point, unfortunately also occurred in the semifinal bout of the Olympic champion in Greco-Roman wrestling Nazyr Mankiev with Korean Kew Jin Choi. True, in the fight for the bronze, Nazyr recovered somewhat, defeating the Hungarian Peter Modos in two periods, but that was little consolation. As well as the mark that Mankiev gave himself for his performance in Moscow – “three plus”. We also counted on the champion’s title in the category up to 96 kg, however, Aslanbek Khushtov was caught in an unfortunate defeat in the semifinals.

To comment on the performance of Mankiev and Khushtov, on which we continue to pin our Olympic hopes, we asked their mentor, an honorary citizen of the city Mikhail Gamzin.

– It’s a pity, but in the training of Greco-Roman wrestlers changes were made to the World Championship, – said Mikhail Aleksandrovich, – after the first high-altitude training camp, the team leaders were sent to an international tournament in Azerbaijan. And the usual scheme was broken, since this fee was supposed to become the base… It was necessary to lay the basic physical condition on it, but it did not turn out, in my opinion, sufficiently complete and effective. As for the performance in Moscow, Mankiev fought very well, especially considering the fact that Nazyr was healing his injuries for a long time and only this year began to roll into his usual competitive regime. He started well and the World Championship, winning prudently in the first bouts. And in the semifinals with a Korean wrestler, he confidently won the first period. But the judges intervened. The referee’s mistake in the second period was so obvious that even FILA president Rafael Martinetti was outraged, but alas … Unfortunately, in the third period Nazir failed to realize his plan as well – he had to act more aggressively in the standing position, diversify his tactics. I think (smiling) that after the wedding – it will take place next Sunday – Mankiev will have a new period of uplift, stability, and Nazyr will gain optimal shape by London 2012. To Khushtov, he simply underestimated his opponent in the semifinals, I have more complaints. Indeed, in the fight for the bronze medal, Aslanbek literally pounded David Saldadze from Uzbekistan into dust. It is necessary to go out to each fight as to the last and decisive battle. Fights cannot be divided into main and passed fights. In Beijing, Khushtov went out on the carpet, obsessed with a thirst for victory – so he fought for bronze in Moscow. Consequently, Khushtov can, when he wants, adjust himself correctly. But he should always be like this, and not after a slap in the face received from rivals! So all of us – both coaches and wrestlers – have something to work on, something to eradicate. Life goes on, and not far off is the fight for the Cup of Russia, the international tournament of Ivan Poddubny and the national championship, which will be held in June in our city. And on October 26, the World Student Games will start in Milan. In Italy, Nikita Melnikov, the second number of the national team, breathing in the back of Khushtov’s head, Rustam Khuchbarov, the champion of Russia and Bekkhan Mankiev, will play for the national student team… All of them, like Mankiev and Khushtov, are SFU students. By the way, the rector of the university Evgeny Vaganov led the delegation of the Siberian Federal University at the World Championship in Moscow. Such support for sports is expensive. We really hope that our wrestlers will not return from Milan without medals.

And more about medals. FILA President Rafael Martinetti presented gold orders – the highest awards of the International Wrestling Federation – to Olympic champion Alexei Shumakov and Mikhail Gamzin at the World Championships in Moscow. The FILA congress was also held in Moscow. On it, changes were made to the regulations on the transitions of wrestlers. Now only one new naturalized wrestler can fight for a country in every style, regardless of age group. At the same time, the two-year quarantine for naturalization has been preserved. This measure will allow to stop the mass migration of Russian wrestlers to the national teams of other countries.

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