RUSSIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2003
On the 24-27 of April XII Russian Championships in armwrestling were held in
Wolgograd (past Stalingrad). They were organized by the Russian
Armwrestling Association and its President Alexander Filimonov.
400 competitors from 36 areas of Russia were participating in the
Championships. Even 45 armwrestlers were entering some weigh categories. They
were presenting so high level of sport that even World Champions were
sometimes losing. Winning Russian Championships means being one of the best
armwrestlers in the World. Before the competitions RAA's Congress was held.
Citizens of 36 areas of Russian were taking part in it. During the Congress
Alexander Filimonov has been chosen as the President of the RAA for
another 4 years. Igor Akhmedshin has been chosen for the Secretary. The main
issue of the Congress was the unification of European and World Federations.
Another important thing that has been discussed was the Russian
participation in EAF’s Congress, which is going to be held in July in
Germany. The situation in Russia is not easy. There are two organizations:
Russian Armwrestling Association and Russian Armwrestling Federation. RAA is
bigger and it unites almost all areas of Russia.
Next day competitions on the left hand were held in
men's and women's categories and Masters' Class. 15 years old Denis Turkov was
one of the most spectacular competitors. He took first place on the right hand
and second place on the left hand. He was even better than Alexander Sokolov from
Saint Petersburg. On the third day competitions on the right hand were held.
The most interesting fights were between Bondo Hobulov and Taimouraz
Tsakhilov, but finally Bondo took first place both on the right and left hand.
On the fourth day of the Russian Championships open category was held. Soslan
Kudziev was the winner and Alexey Voevoda's and Alan Karayev's absence
made things easier for him.
to Igor Mazurenko.