18.10.2013 The first sambo day at the World Combat Games brought Russia two gold medals
The first day of the World Combat Games brought two gold medals to the Russian sambo team. Elena Bondareva of 48 kg and Marina Mohnatkina of 68 kg became champions. Both of them won by submission.
Experienced Ukrainian athletes Ivan Vasilchuk won 90 kg weight category. It was not surprise to anyone, but for Canadian wrestler silver medal was real success.
Radvilas Matukas of Litva and Nikola Miloshevich of Serbia shared third place.
It was first day not for SAMBO only but whole World Combat Games and every one was impressed by opening ceremony and memorable performance of Marina Mohnatkina and Alice Schlesinger.
All the 15 represented at the Games martial arts were accompanied by demonstration performances. Sambo made a splash because of the presentation of Ivan Morozov and Alexander Perepelyuk, and the hall met with applause Sambo Ambassador Fedor Emelianenko.
There are still 8 days of the Games, as well Sambo waits the final day of competition.