By Laman Ismayilova
The Azerbaijani Freestyle and Greco-Roman Championship is underway at the Baku Sports Palace.
Greco-Roman wrestlers Islam Abbasov (87 kg), Orkhan Nuriyev (97 kg) and Sarkhan Mammadov (130 kg) won gold medals at the championship.
In freestyle wrestling, Afgan Khashalov (57 kg), Islam Bazarganov (61 kg), Ziraddin Bayramov (65 kg) and Davud Ibrahimov (70 kg) climbed to the top step of the podium.
The country’s strongest wrestlers in other weight classes will be determined in the near future.
The championship is co-organized by the Azerbaijani Wrestling Federation and the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
Wrestling remains the county’s most popular sport and is overseen by the National Wrestling Federation, which was established in 1993.
The Rio Games opened a new page in the struggle for Azerbaijan. The country has become one of only two nations to have ever increased the number of medals obtained at five consecutive Games.
In 2020, Azerbaijani wrestlers finished third overall for individual World Cup medals in Serbia.
The national wrestlers won two medals, including silver and bronze. Russia leads the medal table, followed by Turkey.
The national team also won five medals at the Moscow Grand Prix held in Russia. The national team won one gold, two silver and two bronze in the tournament /
In 2021, Azerbaijani wrestler Osman Nurmagomedov (92 kg) crowned world champion in Belgrade.
Nurmagomedov became world champion after beating the Russian wrestler in the final.
Meanwhile, Maria Stadnik (50kg) received a cash prize ($ 3,000) from United World Wrestling (UWW).
The two-time world champion and eight-time European champion placed third in the world rankings after scoring 60 points.
Previously, freestyle wrestler Osman Nurmahammadov (92 kg) won $ 3,000, while Greco-Roman wrestler Rafig Huseynov (82 kg) received $ 10,000.
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