Azerbaijani Greco-Roman wrestlers go down in European history

By Ilham Karimli April 4, 2022

Rafig Huseynov celebrates his victory by showing the number of his champion titles at the European Wrestling Championships, Budapest, Hungary, April 3, 2022 / Instagram page of Rafig Huseynov

Azerbaijan’s senior men’s Greco-Roman wrestling team outclassed their rivals in the medal tally at the 2022 European Wrestling Championshipsclaiming first place in the team standings on Sunday.

A total of 165 points scored in the Hungarian capital earned Azerbaijan the first European title in Greco-Roman wrestling tournaments. Turkey and Georgia followed Azerbaijan with 150 and 114 points respectively.

Eight of the ten wrestlers representing Azerbaijan in the continental championship won medals in different weight categories.

Eldaniz Azizli and Rafig Huseynov crowned the tournament in the category up to 55 kg and 82 kg, respectively. Rafig, 33, renewed his record as the first three-time European champion in Azerbaijan’s history.

Additionally, Azerbaijan’s Taleh Mammadov won silver in the 63 kg category, while Murad Mammadov (60 kg), Hasrat Jafarov (67 kg), Ulvi Ganizade (72 kg), Sanan Suleymanov (77 kg) and Islam Abbasov (87 kg) all sack bronze medals.

As a result, Azerbaijani Greco-Roman wrestlers set a record in terms of the number and categories of medals, as well as the overall final score at the 2022 European Wrestling Championships.

Previously, the country’s senior men’s freestyle wrestling team and U-23 wrestling team crowned the European Championships in Hungary and Bulgaria. The national wrestlers won three European titles in less than a month, posting one of the best results in the history of wrestling in Azerbaijan.

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