The Beach Wrestling World Series makes its second stop of the season on the stunning Silgar Beach in Sanxenxo and the excitement is growing by the day as the Series continues to grow ahead of the Series' Spanish debut. With its unique vibes and feels it’s little wonder it continues to extend its reach around the globe.
Silgar Beach is located in the Galician town of Sanxenxo and has been given a blue flag award for its high standards, however it will be gold, not blue, on the minds of our sand superstars as they bring their own high standards to the sandy circle on the sun kissed Spanish coast.
We’ll start our preview with the Woman’s division where Stefania PRINCEPUTU (ROU, -50KG) continued her scintillating form in the sand taking home gold in Turkey and no doubt will be looking to keep her gold rush going, but she will face stiff opposition as the one to beat.
Iryna CHYKHRADZE (UKR, -60kg) was in fine form at the first stop, not dropping a single point on her road to the final. A dominant performance in the final saw her win gold against impressive debutant, Preeti PREETI (IND) and Chykhradze will want to build on that momentum with Spanish success.
Adina IRIMIA (ROU, -70KG) got her World Series off to a strong start with a delightful display of technique and strength giving her the gold and she will be looking to repeat her Turkish triumph with a second gold of the series but Hatice TEKIN (TUR) and the rest of the division will be hoping to dethrone the Romanian.
In the Women’s +70KG reigning World Champion Catalina AXENTE (ROU) showed no signs of relinquishing her championship as she swept aside the competition to pick up gold in Turkey without losing a single point in her four bouts and if she brings that kind of form to Spain it will be difficult to see past her for the gold.
Over to the men’s, the golden Georgian, back-to-back World Series Champion Levan KELEKHSASHVILI (-70KG) will be looking to bounce back from a shock defeat to Indian debutant Raviraj Dharmraj CHAVAN in the final on Sarigerme Beach and get back to winning ways. Ramiz HASANOV (AZE) took the bronze in Turkey and will also be hoping to be tasting more success after the sands have settled on Silgar.
Georgia have dominated the -80KG division since the start of the Series but with back-to-back champ David KHUTSISHVILI stepping up to -90kg it looked like another country may take the top spot however Nika KENCHADZE showed that it’s still the Georgians to beat with victory in Turkey and will want to show that he’s the main man now with back-to-back victories. Much fancied Azerbaijani Omid Abdolali KAMALIAGHDAM took home bronze after defeat in the semi-final to Kenchadze and will want to improve on that 3rd place as he bids to become World Champion.
Ibrahim YUSUBOV (AZE, -90KG) took home gold for the last series event of 2021 and followed that up with victory in the first stop of the 2022 series last time out. He will be hoping to become a triple back-to-back winner and put himself in World Series pole position.
It looks like injury will have ended the hopes of “The Big Gun” Oyan Nazariani (AZE, +90kg) who will most likely miss the rest of the series after picking up an injury in his second bout in Turkey which will be a massive loss to both the Azerbaijan team and the series although he will still be beachside in his role as head coach of the Azerbaijani team. Reigning champion Mamuka KORDZAIA (GEO) didn’t have the best of starts in Turkey either only managing a Bronze, but you can bet he will be fired up and aiming for top spot as the sand starts to fly. Fatih YASARLI (TUR) was one of the surprise packages of the division on home sand taking the Gold, but can he repeat his success on the spectacular Silgar Beach?
The Series is starting to heat up nicely as it makes its way to Spain where you can guarantee that there will be plenty of twists and turns as the sand superstars battle it out for gold. It would be amazing to see you sand side but if you can’t be there in person then watching the live stream is the next best thing as all the sandy circle action is brought to you on beachwrestling.org.