Twenty-four bouts were held today with medals going a-begging across male and female bouts, as well as spots in the eleven World Games weight divisions
The winning athletes entered the arena led by a parade of women dressed in traditional Croatian dress, and received their medals from a variety of local and international dignitaries – followed of course by a rush for the ultimate selfie!
But first the fights. Starting at 3pm in two rings, Belarus’ Alena Liashkevich took on Russian Vera Negodina. And in Ring B Javier Ruiz from Spain faced Alperen Turan Aris from Turkey in the male B division.
In the women’s bouts the Swedish team pulled off two golds and a silver, in a echo of their standout performance at the World Championships. And three gold medals for the Russian women.
One bout at 71kgs was a reprise of a WC final with Anna Standberg, Sweden facing Anna Tarasova from Russia. A close fight, this time the win went to the Russian boxer.
Sweden’s Patricia Axling didn’t have things all her own way at 57kgs against Hungary’s Judit Laura. Axling worked a steady stream of left-right straight punches followed immediately by sharp knees, turning the resulting grapple to her advantage. But in round two when Laura forced space between them using teep-kicks to the leg and body she seemed to be making up the ground. However, Axling did enough to stay ahead, taking it on points.
In ring B a great fight in the men’s between Germany’s Dmid Safdari and Sweden’s Johan Andersson at 81kgs. Safdari pressed forward with low leg-kicks and fast hand combinations, but Andersson ran a tight defence, holding it ahead for the points win. And then exuberantly kicking his mouth-guard neatly through the ropes out on near his trainers!
Medals day are bitter-sweet as it means the tournament is coming to an end, but as any athlete will tell you – these days are what the hard training and sacrifices are all about.
Tomorrow is another full day with 14 finals across men Elite level and women’s – we look forward to see who will join our already-qualified athletes at The World Games in the summer!