CASPIAN, May 5. / TASS /. Russian freestyle wrestler Magomed Kurbanaliev admitted that due to a large number of injuries he could miss the European Championships in Dagestan, where he eventually won a gold medal. He told journalists about this after the finals, in which he won with a score of 3: 1 from Magomedmurad Hajiyev from Poland.

"Because of injuries, he could not get here at all, won here without showing his best fight, “Kurbanaliev said.” An ankle, neck, knee, waist is injured, so the black eye, received the day before in a fight with the Georgian wrestler, was even nice . Means well struggled".

The athlete noted that the victory in Dagestan for him is twice as pleasant. "In Dagestan it is pleasant to win doubly – here a lot of people came to me to cheer for me from Hasavyurt, even from my village (Bezhta – Tsuntinsky district of Dagestan – TASS comment). And it was important to win – we came here for this".

As Kurbanaliyev said, Hajiyev is not so much for him as a rival, as for a fellow countryman who helped him grow in skill. "He was my fellow countryman, in fact the elder brother – he was dragging me when I was still young, he always helped me. And on the carpet he is not a gift at all, so you can say that today I was lucky", – said the athlete.

The wrestler noted that he will finally decide on the weight category for the Olympics. "I easily reorganize, but I like to fight in the weight category above – I like to eat. Finally, with the weight determined for the Olympics", – said Kurbanaliev.

The European Championship will end in Kaspiisk on May 6 with competitions in weight categories up to 57, 65, 70, 79 and 97 kg.


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