Sadulaev won the battle of the giants – DAY 4

Abdulrashid Sadulaev won the bout of the giants in the final of the men’s 97 kg freestyle category. The Russian managed to defeat his big American rival Kyle Snyder by touche. Magomedrasul Gazimagomedov also won for Russia, while Mayu Mukaida and Risako Kawai collected two gold medals for Japan in the women’s competition.


Men, freestyle, 70 kg:

  1. Magomedrasul Gazimagomedov (RUS)
  2. Adam Batirov (BRN)
  3. Franklin Maren Castillo (CUB) and Zurabi Iakobishvili (GEO)

Men, freestyle, 97 kg:

  1. Abdulrashid Sadulaev (RUS)
  2. Kyle Snyder (USA)
  3. Abraham de Jesus Conyedo Ruano (ITA) and Elizbar Odikadze (GEO)

Women, 55 kg:

  1. Mayu Mukaida (JAP)
  2. Zalina Sidakova (BLR)
  3. Lianna de la Caridad Montero Herrera (CUB) and Myong Suk Jong (PRK)

Women, 59 kg:

  1. Risako Kawai (JPN)
  2. Elif Jale Yesilirmak (TUR)
  3. Xingru Pei (CHN) and Shoovdor Baatarjav (MGL)


Flash quotes:

„My opponent is a very talented wrestler. To wrestle against him was the hardest so far at this World Championships. In the beginning I got tired a bit, but then I just went ahead and I attacked and attacked. And this way I managed to win the bout.” (Magomedrasul Gazimagomedov, gold, freestyle, 70 kg)

„I usually prepare together with my opponent, so we were not lucky with the draw. I am deeply disappointed, I wanted to achieve a better result. I had to improvise during the hole bout. Unfortunately I lost it in the last seconds. I do not know what happened. Fight is fight.” (Adam Batirov, silver, freestyle, 70 kg)

„I am very happy about winning this bronze medal as this is only my second world championships participation. Winning today truly means the world to me. Yesterday it was a lot harder, but today I felt very well.” (Franklin Maren Castillo, bronze, freestyle, 70 kg)

„I am very disappointed now that I could only achieve the bronze medal, as at the last World Championships I managed to take the gold medal. I am happy about winning today’s bout, but now I am preparing for my next challenge. I changed weight category, so this was my first competition in this one.” (Zurabi Iakobishvili, bronze, freestyle, 70 kg)

„In the past year the hardest part was waiting. The olympic gold medalists will not become weaker. I came here to compete and win in the 97 kg category, and to show Snyder that I am better than him.” (Abdulrashid Sadulaev, gold, freestyle, 97 kg)

„I have not learned anything from this bout, everything happened so fast. It was only a matter of a couple of seconds. I do not even remember what happened, it was too quick. I do not think this defeat will affect my career. I came here to win, unfortunately I did not manage to do that.” (Kyle Snyder, silver, freestyle, 97 kg)

„This was my best competition so far. I am happy that I can take home a bronze medal from the World Championships. My Hungarian opponent was very strong and huge, I got extremely tired.” (Abraham de Jesus Conyedo Ruano, bronze, freestyle, 97 kg)

„It was my fourth bout for the bronze medal at a major event, and I managed to win again, for the fourth time. I am very happy that I won this medal. In the upcoming time I will prepare for the European Championships and, of course, for the Olympic Games. I would like to congratulate Sadulaev, he is the biggest, he is my idol.” (Elizbar Odikadze, bronze, freestyle, 97 kg)

„I wanted to win this bout with a technical dominance. I really love Budapest as I won the gold medal here, and I love the atmosphere of the Arena, too.” (Mayu Mukaida, gold, women, 55 kg)

„I could not carry out the tactics wich we planned with my coach. Now the most important thing is that I was able to show how much I prepared for this World Championships with my own coach.” (Zalina Sidakova, silver, women, 55 kg)

„I am incredibly happy. I cannot even realize that this really happened to me. I have been working for this result the whole year. This is my best result ever as I am still quite young.” (Lianna de la Caridad Montero Herrera, bronze, women, 55 kg)

„I did not want to comment my bout.” (Myong Suk Jong, bronze, women, 55 kg)

„I am not fully satisfied with my performance, I wanted to win with technical dominance, but I could not achieve that. Yesterday I did a lot better than today, but I am happy for this gold medal. My sibling will start the competition tomorrow, so I will stay here and cheer for her.” (Risako Kawai, gold, women, 59 kg)

„I could not practice wrestling in the past two years because of an injury, and I really felt this on my performance in this final. Even so I managed to win a silver medal, which fills me with joy and happiness. I look forward to the future, now I concentrate on Tokyo where my primary goal will be to acquire the gold medal.” (Elif Jale Yesilirmak, silver, women, 59 kg)

„I am very happy about this result, I am really happy now.” (Xingru Pei, bronze, women, 59 kg)

„I feel fantastic. I am tired, of course, but I finally managed to win! In the near future I will be preparing for the Olympic Games.” (Shoovdor Baatarjav, bronze, women, 59 kg)