IFMA European Championships 2018 in Prague – Day 3
The third round of IFMA European Championships in Prague saw Muay Thai action in all divisions and classes. Female, male and junior athletes battled out on the day, aspiring to get through closer to Gold.
The women’s bouts opened the day, International Federation of Muaythai Amateur reported on Wednesday. Among the contests Russian Svetlana Vinnikova scored the decision against Croatian Marja Bodac at the 60 kg class. The Turkish athletes Beyza Nur Karatepe and Behida Tacyildiz advanced to the next round at the 63.5 kg and 67 kg classes (respectively). In addition, Swedish Sara Matsson and Erica Bjornstrand, Ukrainian Viktoria Yevtushenko and Belarusian Aleksandra Sitnikova also went through.
The roster of junior competitors featured “the young boys competing in 16-17 year old division”. “Many of these athletes are at their first international event, and it’s been a great experience for them here in beautiful Prague,” stated in the report.
Among the highlights Vladyslav Kunyk of Ukraine faced Mikhail Kutrunov of Russia. The verdict came down to the final point, with the Ukrainian fighter taking the win on 29 to 28 points. As well, the representative of the country-host, Czech Steban Guba also took a one-point win in a battle against Russian Artem Kuzeev.
The A-class male division featured Axel Vincent of Denmark winning his bout against Belgian Jawad Jamali at the 57 kg class. “Four of the five Portuguese athletes competing today moved on, including Miguel Temporario.”
“Some smaller teams also had a good day. Amin El Gharbi went through for Austria, and Din Haziza for Israel.”
In addition, the organization outlined “Leo the Czech Lion, who was also much in evidence, sparring (gently!) with the athletes around the arena. No biting.”
The full fight results can be found on IFMA Live. The bouts are available on organization’s official YouTube channel.