The junior finals have come to a close after a busy day which saw sixteen bouts take place, followed by the medal ceremony.
Youth world gold medalists Abigail Alvarez [USA], Anastasiia Holinko [Ukraine], Oleksandr Huliaiev [Ukraine], Sani Brännfors [Finland], Gadzhi Gadzhiev [Bahrain] all added junior world titles to their collection.
Yersultan Shakenbay [Kazakhstan] extended his undefeated record and became a two-weight world champion after winning each of his bouts via finish in the competition after making the move to flyweight in 2022.
Ukraine had one other gold medalist in Ivan Yuschenko [Ukraine], after he outpointed Spartak Mikayelyan [Armenia] in a close contest that had the judges split.
Tajikistan ended the day with three gold medals. Manizha Samadova became the nation’s first-ever IMMAF women’s world champion after defeating Esmira Mammadova [Azerbaijan]. Otabek Rajabov had his moment in the spotlight after falling short at last year’s World Championships. The 2022 Asian champion showcased his high-level wrestling in his bout with Jake Ngai [Ireland] to take gold.
This historic day saw Israel win gold for the first time through Shaked Nisiman, who showcased some superb grappling to edge Ugiloy Jumanova [Tajikistan] on the scorecards.
Uzbekistan and the Czech Republic were also on the medal table. Tagir Machmudov [Czech Republic] defeated Rafael Kveldstad [Sweden] via split decision, adding to his success from the last set of the European Championships.
Asborek Anvarjonov and Muhammad-ali Turg’untoshev were the medalists for Uzbekistan, putting them fourth on the junior medal table.
Tomorrow sees the week come to a close with the senior finals as Sabrina De Sousa and Ramazan Gitinov look to become three-time world champions. A full list of medalists and results can be found on Smoothcomp.