Azerbaijani Greco-Roman wrestlers finish third at world championships in Russia

By Timucin Turksoy August 24, 2021

Azerbaijani Greco-Roman wrestler Hasrat Jafarov won the gold medal in the 67 kg category at the 2021 World Junior Wrestling Championships in Russia. / Azerbaijani Wrestling Federation

Azerbaijani Greco-Roman wrestlers won four medals at the 2021 World Junior Wrestling Championships in the city of Ufa, Russia. The Azerbaijani team came in third place overall, scoring 101 points and leaving behind athletes from over 30 countries.

The prize tally for Azerbaijani Greco-Roman wrestlers includes one gold, one silver and two bronze.

Hasrat Jafarov won all the duels to win the title of world champion in the 67 kg category. He beat his Armenian rival Sahak Hovhannisyan 7-0 in the final match, which took place on the final day of the tournament on August 22.

“We had some tough duels. Of course, I had different feelings when I faced the Armenian wrestler in the final. I dedicate this victory to our martyrs, ”said Jafarov, referring to the Azerbaijani soldiers killed during the war between Azerbaijan and Armenia.

Jafarov’s teammate Sarkhan Mammadov won silver in the 130 kg category, while Elmir Aliyev and Nihat Mammadli won bronze medals in the 55 kg and 60 kg categories, respectively.

Meanwhile, Azerbaijani wrestlers also won three silver and four bronze medals in men’s freestyle and women’s wrestling.

The 2021 World Junior Wrestling Championships, which took place in Russia from August 16 to 22, brought together wrestlers under the age of 20. The Russian wrestling team finished first in the medal table with 19 medals, including nine gold, two silver and eight. bronze medals. The US and Iran teams were closest to Russia’s award collection with seven and six gold medals, respectively.

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