2019’s Kings and Queens of the Beach will be crowned this weekend as Croatia’s capital city hosts 1st ever Beach Wrestling World Series final.
After three tough and testing competitions in Portugal, Brazil and Ukraine, athletes from 10 nationalities take it to the sand to fight for world championships honors in four weight classes for the men and women.
When the debut Beach Wrestling World Series climaxes this weekend in the heart of Croatia, the 70kg winner of the Odessa leg and 2017 World Champion Semen Radulov from Ukraine as well as Georgia’s Dato Maragashvili, 2012 Olympic bronze medalist, will be amongst the most glamorous fighting for the title of King of the Beach 2019.
In the women’s Brazil’s Camila Fama Tristao in the 60kg, Sonia Marina Pereira Brazio from Portugal (70kg) and Greek heavyweight Aikaterini Eirini Pitsiava, who competed in two of the previous three meets, bear the biggest chances to receive the Queen of the Beach trophy.
While the Ukraine sent the biggest team of eight wrestlers to the World Series final, the leaders in seven of eight weight classes - all 4 men’s, 3 in the women’s - travelled to Zagreb ready to battle it out on Croatian sands, where a rainy weather forecast could add additional spice to the competitions.
With 3-times the points from a regular World Series event available, wrestlers from Azerbaijan, Brazil, Croatia, Georgia, Greece, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, Ukraine and the US will guarantee a thrilling final showdown of the Beach Wrestling season 2019.
Standings Beach Wrestling World Series (after 3 of 4 stops)
1. Levan KELEKHSASHVILI, GEO 20000*
2. Semen RADULOV, UKR 18000*
3. Panah ILYASLI, AZE 13000
1. Davit KHUTSISHVILI, GEO 20000*
2. Georgios KOULOUCHIDIS, GRE 18800*
3. Ibrahim YUSUBOV, AZE 16000
1. Dato MARSAGISHVILI, GEO 20000*
2. Murat OZKAN, TUR 13000
3. Kanan ALIYEV, AZE 10900
1. Oyan NAZARIANI, AZE 28000*
2. Ioannis KARGIOTAKIS, GRE 20300*
3. Mamuka KORDZAIA, GEO 15800*
1. Kamila BARBOSA VITO DA SILVA, BRA 18000
2. Carmen Nireida GOMES TEIXEIRA VIEIRA, POR 11500*
3. Stefania Claudia PRICEPUTU, ROU 10000
1. Camila FAMA TRISTAO, BRA 18000*
2. Isabel Cristina RODRIGUES, POR 11600*
3. Georgiana Narcisa FILIP, ROU 10000
1. Sonia Marina PEREIRA BRAZIO, POR 14500*
2. Adina Elena POPESCU, ROU 10000
3. Brenda AGUIAR DOS SANTOS, BRA 10000
1. Aikaterini Eirini PITSIAVA, GRE 20000*
2. Aline DA SILVA FERREIRA, BRA 10000
3. Halyna KOVALSKA, UKR 8000
*registered for Zagreb