27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

Wrestler Kuylakov satisfied that on path to victory he beat strong competition

The Universiade Greco-Roman wrestling champion Ivan Kuylakov stated that he is satisfied with the opportunity he had to defeat strong competitors on the path to the gold medal in the 60 kg weight category.

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Universiade. Day 10. Greco-Roman wrestling © RIA Novosti/Vladimir Baranov

The Novosibirsk resident confidently defeated the bronze medal winner of the 2013 European Championship Azerbaijani Kamran Mammadov 6:0.

"Today I was rather surprised to end up with very good rivals – a Japanese with an inconvenient fighting style, a Kazak, Azerbaijani, and an Uzbek," commented Kuylakov to journalists. "I had to do my absolute best in all the fights. I enjoyed it, being able to really fight with each one. And it is a good thing, because if you want to get stronger, you have to fight against the best opponents. Today I am happy with how I fought." The champion commented on his opponent in the final round: "I know him very well from various tournaments, but we had not met before. With each hold, I gradually added more and then it all went according to my plan," continued the Universiade champion in his conversation with R-Sport.  "And the final round I fought without any errors. I won not by a decision of the judges, but because of all the points gained for takedowns. What are my plans for the future? To train for the upcoming world championships." The World Championships will be held September 16-22 in Budapest.

R-Sport, July 16