• What the prize-winners of the third day of the European SAMBO Championships in Athens were talking about

What the prize-winners of the third day of the European SAMBO Championships in Athens were talking about

Personalities
22 May 2018 Sergei Grishin
General sponsor of the tournament is Rosneft oil company.

Anastasia Valova (Russia)

Anastasia Valova (Russia), a gold medal in the under 56 kg weight category among women:

- The fight was quite difficult, and my opponent was strong and equal in merits. I had already met Daniela, so I sort of knew what to expect from her, although I hadn’t been training bearing particularly her in mind. I had no plan for the final combat, as it were, in many respects my plan is improvisation. As a matter of fact, I prefer to finish my fights in par terre, but this time it didn’t come out this way. I hope that in the future I will not disappoint my spectators, and I will keep on scoring spectacular victories.


Louis LAURENT, (France)

Louis LAURENT, (France), a gold medal in the under 82 kg weight category in combat SAMBO:

- I feel very happy about my victory; it really means a lot to me. My journey to the finals was pretty hard, as I had to fight against the giants of combat SAMBO – athletes from Russia and Ukraine. Fortunately, I contrived to win and get the gold. Honestly, I’ve got no special secret or something. In order to win at the European championships, I just trained twice a day, every day. Now I’ve got a new goal – a victory at the World Championships.

I came to SAMBO after watching the impressive victories of Fedor Emelianenko, he is my idol. I plan to keep on practicing this wonderful sport.


Elene KEBADZE (Georgia)

Elene KEBADZE (Georgia), a bronze medal in the over 80 kg weight category among women:

- On my way to the finals, I was stopped by a Belarusian athlete. In the combat with her, I made quite an unfortunate tactical mistake, an incorrect hold, and I paid the price for it. Of course, I’d been counting on the gold, but there was nothing to be done, so it’s an experience, too.


Natalia BUDEANU (Moldova)

Natalia BUDEANU (Moldova), a gold medal in the under 68 kg weight category among women:

- Emotions overwhelm me, I'm really happy. Honestly, I did not expect that I would reach the finals and be able to win in them, although, in my heart of hearts, I hoped to, of course. The preparatory process took a lot of time and effort, I was training twice a day, gave a hundred percent at the competitions and, in my opinion, I justly won my gold.



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