Belarus, South Korea, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan all opened their gold medal tallies at the 2017 World Sambo Championships here today as hosts Russia stretched their total to 10.
Turkmenistan’s triumph came at the expense of Russia in the first final of the evening, which saw Gulbadam Babamuratova claim the women’s 52 kilograms title with an emphatic 7-0 victory over Yullia Vitsina.
Kazakhstan’s Gulnur Yerbolova and Belarus’ Maryna Zharskaya, the defending champion, were the category’s bronze medallists.
Russia recovered from that early set-back, however, and went onto win all four of the other finals in which they were represented to add to the six gold medals they won yesterday.
Sayan Khertek came out on top in the men’s 57kg category, thanks to a convincing 5-0 win over Tajikistan's Akmaliddin Karimov, while Rustam Taldiev sealed the defence of his combat men’s 62kg crown by beating Kyrgyzstan's Orozbek Abtandil Uulu 7-0.
Azerbaijan’s Fuad Mammadov and Armenia’s Maksim Manukyan were the men’s 57kg bronze medallists.
The third step of the combat men’s 62kg podium was shared between Tajikistan’s Sorbon Latifov and Kazakhstan’s Amandyk Assauuly.
Russia ended the evening with back-to-back successes as Alsim Chernoskulov became a five-time world champion with a 9-1 win over Georgia's Davit Loriashvili in the men’s 100kg final and Denis Goltsov retained his combat men’s over 100kg title by defeating South Korea's Lee Sangsoo 8-0.
Armenia’s Arsen Khandzhian and Latvia’s Viktors Resko were the men’s 100kg bronze medallists.
Rounding out the combat men’s over 100kg podium were Uzbekistan’s Khakimjon Ismoilov and Kyrgyzstan’s Ulan Abdimamat.
Belarus sit second in the medal standings having claimed two golds today.
Tatsiana Matsko defended her women’s 64kg title courtesy of a quick-fire 10-0 win over Italy’s Alice Perin.
Fellow Belarusian Sviatlana Tsimashenka then overcame Cuba’s Nieves Mirtha 8-0 in the women’s 80kg final to go one better than the silver medal she won at last year’s World Championships in Bulgaria’s capital Sofia.
Russia’s Eketerina Onoprienko and Estonia’s Anna Ovtsarenko were the women’s 64kg bronze medallists, while Canada’s Katy Bryant and Bulgaria’s Mariya Oryashkova completed the women’s 80kg podium.
There was disappointment for Belarus in today’s two other finals, with Stsiapan Papou losing 4-2 to Tajikistan’s Behruzi Khojazoda in the men’s 74kg category and Yauheni Aleksiyevich falling to a 6-1 defeat at the hands of South Korea’s Ko Seo Hyeon in the combat men’s 82kg division.
Russia’s Ilia Lebedev and Georgia’s Levan Nakhutsrishvili were the men’s 74kg bronze medallists.
The combat men's 82kg bronze medals went the way of Ukraine’s Maksym Ryndovskyi and Kazakhstan’s Temirlan Iksangaliyev.
Russia top the medal standings with 10 golds, two silvers and four bronzes.
Belarus are second with two golds, four silvers and three bronzes, while Ukraine are third with one gold, two silvers and three bronzes.
The final nine sets of medals will be handed out tomorrow, the concluding day of action, with the women’s 56kg, 68kg and over 80kg categories taking centre stage along with the men’s 62kg, 82kg and over 100kg, and combat men's 52kg, 68kg and 90kg.