National wrestling team crowned European Champion [PHOTO]

By Laman Ismaylova

Azerbaijani Greco-Roman wrestlers achieved a historic victory in the continental championship.

The wrestlers won seven medals in the under-23 freestyle wrestling, which is the best result of the national team in terms of both the number of medals and the team ranking.

The Azerbaijan team was represented in nine out of ten categories in the European Under-23 Wrestling Championship.

The wrestling team led by coaches Arif Abdullayev, Jabrail Hasanov and Rovshan Hajiyev won four gold and three bronze medals. He also became the European champion in the team ranking by getting 159 points.

Ziraddin Bayramov (65 kg), Jabrail Hajiyev (74 kg), Abubakr Abakarov (86 kg) and Islam Ilyasov (97 kg) defeated all their opponents and became European champions. Bronze medals came from Tofig Aliyev (57 kg), Ashraf Ashirov (79 kg) and Aydin Ahmedov (125 kg).

Turkey (151 points) took the second place, while Georgia (149 points) came in third.

Wrestling remains the most popular sport in the county and is overseen by the National Wrestling Federation, which was founded in 1993.

Rio Games opened a new page in wrestling for Azerbaijan.

The country became one of only two countries to increase the number of medals achieved in five consecutive Games.

In 2020, Azerbaijan freestyle wrestlers took third place in the overall medal table of the Individual World Cup in Serbia.

National wrestlers won two medals, silver and bronze. Russia was at the top of the medal table, followed by Turkey.

The national team also won five medals at the Moscow Grand Prix held in Russia. The national team won one gold, two silver and two bronze medals in the tournament.

At the same time, Osman Nurmagomedov (92 kg) became the World Champion in Belgrade last year.

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