Freestyle wrestlers from a landlocked beachless country won the Asian beach wrestling championships today. Mongolia.
lol, i think the beach wrestling rules suit the mongolians well because they are very similar to their folkstyle wrestling
Not many. 12 at -85 kg and 11 at +85; only 9 ladies in their 2 weight classes. Most of the guys (Koreans, Pakistanis, Mongolians...) were wrestlers who had participated in the freestyle championships in the previous 2 days; at 66, 74, 84 and 96 kg. Japan had extra wrestlers, not from the freestyle lineup. They lost to the Mongolians in the finals.
Next year Singapore will crush everybody at both the Asian championships and the Asian games.
Until recently, almost nobody in Singapore knew what freestyle wrestling was. Guys who attended or watched the first ever competitions were quite disappointed because they expected to see big flexed muscles which they were used to see in tv wrestling shows.
The federation was established in late summer 2008. In September, Cael Sanderson held the first ever wrestling clinic in Singapore, and in January 2009 Sergey Beloglazov held another one.
On March 1, wrestlers for the national male and female teams were selected among judoka, grapplers, bjj- and mma-fighters at a Budo academy. This is a picture from the selection:
tatami instead of mat, various outfits...
After the European championships a month back, Sergey Beloglazov left his position of Russian female team's head coach and signed a 5 year contract with the Singaporean federation to coach their male and female teams.
A the Asian championships, only 2 wrestlers participated: 51-kg Melvynna and 74-kg Mohammad. They lost their 3 matches without scoring a point, giving up total 36 points. Well they had practiced only 3 (three!) days ? April 28-30, after Beloglazov's arrival on 27. Since they hadn't training partners, Melvynna and Mohammad wrestled each other in the practice:
BTW, Mohd is 73 kg, 180 cm tall.
This is a way how wrestling is developing on an empty place.
Beloglazov is optimistic. Watch out for the Singaporeans!
Masoumi beat him many times ! World 2006, AG 2006, Asian 2007, Asian 2008, Asian 2009.
Fardin is crying after the match he never can forget Beijing !
Though Mutalimov have lost most of the matches, he scored quite often, so that the total score of the 7 matches has a margin of only one point ? 31:30. Plus, Mutalimov nearly pinned Masoumi at Beijing. This could have been the second pin experience suffered by Masoumi within a few hours of Olympic participation. It was only the end of the period that saved Masoumi from the pin!
In his helplessness, Masoumi almost all the time grabbed Mutalimov's singlet as you can see in the picture above or in the other one below.