The national wrestler crowned triple European champion [PHOTO]

The national wrestler crowned triple European champion [PHOTO]

By Laman Ismayilova

Azerbaijani Greco-Roman wrestler Rafig Huseynov has become a three-time European champion after winning gold at the European Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

He won the medal in the men’s 82kg final after defeating Georgian wrestler Gela Bolkvadze (2:1).

Huseynov (82kg) joined the competition in the 1/8 finals, where he left his Czech opponent Petr Novak no chance with a score of 5:1. In the quarterfinals, he beat the Hungarian Tamas Levaya (2-0). Huseynov also defeated Moldovan Mihail Brada in the semi-finals and reached the championship final.

Notably, Rafig Huseynov also became European champion in 2011 in Germany and in 2020 in Italy.

Meanwhile, Azerbaijani Greco-Roman wrestling won a historic victory in the continental championship.

Azerbaijan set a new record in the history of Greco-Roman wrestling both in terms of the quantity and quality of medals, and in terms of points scored.

Eldaniz Azizli (55 kg), Rafig Huseynov (82 kg) won gold, Taleh Mammadov (63 kg) won silver, Murad Mammadov (60 kg) wile Hasrat Jafarov (67 kg), Ulvi Ganizade (72 kg ), Sanan Suleymanov (77 kg) and Islam Abbasov (87 kg) won bronze medals. They brought the team 25, 20 and 15 points respectively. Murat Lokyayev (97 kg) and Beka Kandelaki (130 kg) earned 10 more points for the team and took fifth place.

In general, the Azerbaijani team scored 165 points and for the first time in its history became the European champion in the team event. The team was formed by head coach Alexander Tarakanov, senior coach Rovshan Bayramov and coach Gasan Aliyev.

Turkey took second place (150 points) while Georgia placed third (114 points).

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Robert J. King