Azerbaijan wrestlers finish in style

21 May 2017
Azerbaijan's Mariya Stadnik (gold) celebrates winning the Women's Wrestling Freestyle 48Kg event the Baku 2017.
Azerbaijan's Elmira Gambarova (blue) celebrate defeating Cameroon's Berthe Emilienne Etane Ngolle during the Women's Wrestling Freestyle 63Kg bronze medal bout at the Baku 2017.

Azerbaijan brought down the curtain on the wrestling competition at the Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku on Sunday with their women's team claiming eight new medals, four of them gold.

The music of the "March of Azerbaijan" anthem resonated four times in a packed Heydar-Aliyev Arena as Elis Manolova (69kg), Mariya Stadnik (48kg), Leyla Gurbanova (53 kg), Tetiana Omelchenko (60kg) all triumphed on the fifth and final day.

Natalya Sinishin (55kg), Sabira Aliyeva (75kg) and Alyona Kolesnik (58kg) had to settle for silver and Elmira Gambarova (63kg) took bronze in the women's freestyle event.

Throughout the five-days of wrestling, Azerbaijan claimed a total of 23 wrestling medals, twelve of them gold.

Gambarova secured the first medal of the day for Azerbaijan by outfighting Cameroon's Berthe Emilienne Etane Ngolle to secure bronze alongside Zarina Kunangarayeva of Kazakhstan.

In the final bout, Blessing Oborududu recovered from a poor start against Turkey's Hafize Sahin, third at the 2013 European championships, to claim a first gold for Nigeria at the Islamic Games thanks to a final second takedown.

It was just enough to inspire home hope Manolova who cruised past Kazakh Zhamila Bakbergenova in the 69kg final as Turkey's Buse Tosun and Sherin Sultana of Bangladesh both bagged bronze.

In the 48kg event, Mariya Stadnik easily saw off the challenge of Turk Evin Demiphan to claim another title for Azerbaijan while Algeria's Kheira Chaimaa Yahiaoui finished third.

Leyla Gurbanova (53 kg) then easily added another gold with 5-4 and 8-3 wins as Turkey's Burcu Kebic and Kazakhstan's Aigul Nuralim were left with nothing.

Later, in the 55kg competition, Odunayo Folasade Adekuoroye added another gold to Nigeria's tally, edging out Azeri Sinishin on points while Bediha Gun of Turkey took bronze.

Aisuluu Tynybekova (58kg) of Kyrgyzstan scored a come-from-behind victory over Alyona Kolesnik as she managed two successive takedowns on the Azerbaijan wrestler as Derya Bayhan of Turkey got bronze.

Tetiana Omelchenko then got the home nation back on track by claiming gold as she easily dominated Turkey's Gamze Nur Adakan in under a minute in the 60kg bout.

In the last final of the day, the women's 75kg, Turkey's Yasemin Adar effortlessly stormed to gold with wins over Azerbaijan's Sabira Aliyeva and Kyrgyztan's Aiperi Medet Kyzy.

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