BRICS Games: Ninth Competition Day Results

Men’s Semi-Finals were held on the third day of the BRICS Games boxing competitions in Kazan. The main star of the tournament, Olympic champion and two-time world champion Bakhodir Jalolov of Uzbekistan, defended his title by defeating David Surov, Russian national team member, by unanimous decision. In another Russian-Uzbek confrontation, Dilshod Abdumurodov defeated Arshak Tovmasyan. In total, 10 athletes from the Uzbek men’s national team made it to the Finals. Russia will be represented in 11 weight categories in the bouts for gold in the men’s tournament. Athletes from Belarus, Venezuela, Abkhazia, and Azerbaijan will also compete in the final fights,

The final bouts will take place in Boxing and Table Tennis Centre on 22 June.

Ten sets of medals were awarded in the canoe sprint competitions today. Belarusian athletes: Uladzislau Kravets, Mikita Borykau, and Uladzislau Litvinau, reached all three prized places in the first Finals of the day in 500 metres kayaking. “I wish there were more competitions like the BRICS Games, so that only events of this level took place, and more of them. I dedicate this victory to my partner in the double and quadruple, who was disqualified for technical reasons, and I want to support him”, said Uladzislau Kravets.

Ivan Patapenka of Belarus also won the 500 metres canoeing. Maksim Karataev of Russia took silver and Kamronbek Akhtamov of Uzbekistan took bronze. Alena Nazdrova of Belarus was the fastest in the women’s 500 metres canoeing. “This being the main start of the season for us, we prepared extensively, we simply could not fail. That’s why we were aiming for top places from the get-go, and we’re doing great so far”, Alena remarked. “We truly missed the competitions, we longed for a sporting holiday, this atmosphere: the BRICS Games gave it all.

Ekaterina Shlyapnikova (Russia) won silver at this distance, while Inna Nedelkina (Belarus) took bronze. Maryna Litvinchuk brought the fourth consecutive gold medal for Belarus in the 200 metres canoeing. Yulia Babashinskaya (Russia) and Alina Svita (Belarus) took silver.

The team heats were next. The 200 metres kayaking was dominated by Volha Khudzenka and Maryna Litvinchuk: this pair from Belarus earned their second team gold in two days. The same goes for Marina Gureeva and Ekaterina Shlyapnikova from Russia, who won their second gold today in the 200 metres canoeing. Andrey Laskorunskiy and Dmitriy Mamtsev of Russia were the fastest in the men’s kayaking, while Dmitriy Sharov and Mikhail Pavlov of the host team won gold medals in the men’s canoeing.

Finally, the competitions in the longest distance of the day: 1,000 metres, were won by Uladzislau Paleshko and Danila Verashchaka of Belarus in canoeing, and by Vitaly Ershov and Maksim Spesivtsev of Russia in kayaking.

The BRICS Games judo competitions started out from awarding seven sets of medals, four of which were among women. Athletes from China won gold in two weight categories, one gold went to Brazil, and Darya Kantsavaya (Belarus) was the strongest in 78 kg. “I didn’t get everything right, but I’m happy with the result. I’ll continue to train harder and get better. The girls at the competitions are really cool, the challenges are great. I think we’ll meet again in time. And I’d like to dedicate this victory to my mum and coaches”, said Darya after the award ceremony.

Women. 63 kg

1. Jun Li (China)

2. Marjona Nurulloeva (Uzbekistan)

3. Ketelyn Araujo Nascimento (Brazil)

Women. 70 kg:

1. Kaillany Valentim Rodrigues Cardoso (Brazil)

2. Daria Khramoikina (Russia)

3. Sudaba Aghayeva (Azerbaijan)

Women. 78 kg:

1. Darya Kantsavaya (Belarus)

2. Beatriz Furtado Petri De Freitas (Brazil)

3. Sofija Pajic (Republika Srpska)

Women. 78+ kg

1. Ayiman Jin Esinu Er (China)

2. Giovanna Melo Dos Santos (Brazil)

3. Darya Vladimirova (Russia)

The hosts of the tournament were prevailing on the first day of the men’s judo competition. Gamzat Zairbekov and Ivan Chernykh won two golds in the 60 kg and 66 kg categories, respectively. Ahmadzod Masudi (Tajikistan) dominated the 73 kg category, adding a victory to his team’s haul.

Men. 60 kg:

1. Gamzat Zairbekov (Russia)

2. Artsiom Kolasau (Belarus)

3. Huseyn Allahyarov (Azerbaijan)

Men. 66 kg:

1. Ivan Chernykh (Russia)

2. Abdurakhim Nutfulloev (Uzbekistan)

3. Rashad Yelkiyev (Azerbaijan)

Men. 73 kg:

1. Ahmadzod Masudi (Tajikistan)

2. Nariman Mirzayev (Azerbaijan)

3. Vinicius Ardina (Brazil)

Russian athletes won 10 gold medals today at the BRICS Games koresh competitions. Wrestlers from Uzbekistan won 2 silver and 6 bronze medals, the Kyrgyz team won 2 silver and 3 bronze medals, Azerbaijan got 2 silver and 2 bronze medals, Iran took 2 silver medals, Tajikistan won 1 silver and 6 bronze medals, and Kazakhstan got 1 silver medal. Athletes from Armenia, Belarus, and Mongolia have 1 bronze medal each.

Up to 60 kg

1. Aleksey Abramov (Russia)

2. Ariz Huseynov (Azerbaijan)

3. Nodirbek Abdumalikov (Uzbekistan) and Narek Safaryan (Armenia)

I’m very happy to win the gold medal. I express gratitude to my coach, my team, and all those who helped me during the preparations. It was a long road and I’m delighted with the result achieved. The competitors were worthy: they were prepared as well and managed to put up a decent fight”, said Aleksey Abramov, a multiple Russian koresh champion.

Up to 65 kg

1. Artur Khakimov (Russia)

2. Doniyor Abdurakhmonov (Uzbekistan)

3. Drlen Estebesov (Kyrgyzstan) and Odinamahmad Ziyoev (Tajikistan)

Up to 70 kg

1. Islam Falyakhov (Russia)

2. Azizjon Azimjonov (Uzbekistan)

3. Muhammadsalmon Qurbonov (Tajikistan) and Jasur Mehtiyev (Azerbaijan)

Up to 75 kg

1. Dinar Karimullin (Russia)

2. Khabibullo Tynchtyk Uulu (Kyrgyzstan)

3. Rajabzoda Khudoyor (Tajikistan) and Nusratbek Sultonboev (Uzbekistan)

Up to 80 kg

1. Artur Zulkarnaev (Russia)

2. Haciyev Mehdi (Azerbaijan)

3. Erbol Turapbaev (Kyrgyzstan) and Khatanbold Khurelbaatar (Mongolia)

Up to 85 kg

1. Ranis Galimullin (Russia)

2. Adilet Zhahgbyrshy (Kazakhstan)

3. Anvar Muratbek Uulu (Kyrgyzstan) and Ilkhomjon Mashrabov (Uzbekistan)

I am speechless! It’s a great honour for me to compete at this level and to hear the Russian national anthem. I’ve dreamed of being a part of something like this since I was a kid. I’m proud to have won gold; I proved that I can represent my country with honour”, said Ranis Galimullin, Russian champion.

Up to 90 kg

1. Azat Gabdrashitov (Russia)

2. Uounes Pahlavanzadeh (Iran)

3. Ivan Dubina (Belarus) and Sarif Abdullah (Azerbaijan)

Up to 100 kg

1. Ruslan Rafikov (Russia)

2. Baiaman Myktybekov (Kyrgyzstan)

3. Dilshod Qurbonov (Tajikistan) and Zaylobiddin Artikov (Uzbekistan)

Up to 130 kg

1. Radik Salakhov (Russia)

2. Azimjon Homidov (Tajikistan)

3. Firdavs Faizulloev (Tajikistan) and Ilyosbek Mirzakhmatov (Uzbekistan)

130+ kg

1. Ranis Gilyazetdinov (Russia)

2. Azimi Shadman (Iran)

3. Abdusalom Salomov (Tajikistan) and Khislat Pirmatov (Uzbekistan)

The BRICS Games swimming competitions have come to an end. Athletes from 17 countries competed for 37 sets of medals during these three days. Today’s swims were successful for the hosts of the tournament: eight gold, six silver, and six bronze medals.

400 m Individual Medley. Men

1. Yaroslav Loze (Russia)

2. Stephan Alexander De Freitas Steverink (Brazil)

3. Yaroslav Sokolovskiy (Russia)

800 m Freestyle. Women

1. Ksenia Misharina (Russia)

2. Arina Pantina (Russia)

3. Alesia Akinchyts (Belarus)

100 m Butterfly. Women

1. Anastasiya Kuliashova (Belarus)

2. Beatriz Bezerra (Brazil)

3. Vlada Eggi (Russia)

50 m Butterfly. Men

1. Grigori Pekarski (Belarus)

2. Arseni Barzhakou (Belarus)

3. Abeku Gyekye Jackson (Ghana)

200 m Backstroke. Women

1. Daria Zarubenkova (Russia)

2. Anastasiya Shkurdai (Belarus)

3. Milana Stepanova (Russia)

100 m Backstroke. Men

1. Miron Lifintsev (Russia)

2. Ivan Tarasov (Russia)

3. Stanislau Markouski (Belarus)

50 m Breaststroke. Women

1. Alina Zmushka (Belarus)

2. Ralina Gilyazova (Russia)

3. Anna Piatrutskaya (Belarus)

200 m Breaststroke. Men

1. Ilya Shymanovich (Belarus)

2. Mikhail Bykov (Russia)

3. Roman Yachmenev (Russia)

I’m more or less happy with the results, although a bit disappointed because we’re working very hard right now and it’s impossible to pause and assess the state we’re in, so we can then adjust the preparations. The competition at the Games is quite alright; young talents, including those from Russia, swim really well. I’m amazed with the level of organisation. And it’s so satisfying to hear the anthem of Belarus again at the international level”, Ilya Shymanovich noted.

100 m Freestyle. Women

1. Kira Manokhina (Russia)

2. Elizaveta Prokhorova (Russia)

3. Lorrane Cristina Versiani Ferreira (Brazil)

200 m Freestyle. Men

1. Nikolay Kolesnikov (Russia)

2. Bruno Santos Dutra (Brazil)

3. Andrey Cherepkov (Russia)

200 m Individual Medley. Women

1. Daria Rogozhinova (Russia)

2. Nathalia Siqueira Almeida (Brazil)

3. Viktoriya Mashkina (Russia)

4x100 m Medley Relay. Men

1. Russia

2. Belarus

3. Brazil

4x100 m Medley Relay. Women

1. Belarus

2. Russia

3. Brazil

Following the results of the three competition days, the most medals were won by Miron Lifintsev of Russia and Alina Zmushka and Ilya Shymanovich of Belarus. All of them won three golds each. Sofya Dyakova of Russia won two golds and Daria Rogozhinova accumulated a full set of medals. In total, the Russian team won 20 gold, 19 silver, and 16 bronze medals at the BRICS Games swimming competitions, while Belarus has 13-4-6 and Brazil has 2-12-9.

Three sets of medals were awarded at Saint Petersburg Volleyball Centre during the fencing competitions: team events in men’s épée and women’s sabre and foil.

In the men’s final match, Artyom Sarkisian, head of the Russian team, won the gold medal by defeating Mark Semanenka of Belarus with a 12:2 score in the final ninth three-minutes. The final score for the hosts went from 22:24 to 34:26. Georgiy Bruev, Pavel Buzinov, Aleksei Udovichenko, and Artyom Sarkisian became the champions of the Games. The bronze medal went to the Indian team.

The foil champions of the women’s event were Vladislava Penyshkina, Marta Martyanova, Anna Solovyeva, and Polina Volobueva of the Russian national team, who beat Belarus 44:28 in the Finals. The third place went to the Indian athletes again.

“Thanks everyone for the congratulations; we and the athletes from Belarus have been training together for two years, so our Finals were very friendly and amicable. Some contest will persist even if you’re fencing with your best friend: it’s a fair share of competition. We were determined to win, and now we’ve finished the season with a good mood: the BRICS Games were our last fights for the season”, Marta Martyanova, Olympic champion, shared her feelings after winning at the BRICS Games.

The sabre fencers’ final confrontations were the last for the day. The Russian team won the bout against Uzbekistan with a 45:26 score in the Finals, taking the third gold medal of the fencing competition day. Sofya Velikaya, Olga Nikitina, Yana Egoryan, and Veronika Bulukova competed for the team

“As the BRICS Games Ambassador, I’d like to thank everyone for the wonderful organisation, the hall was prepared perfectly. Thank you all, thank you to Kazan for the warm welcome. Fans from different cities came to support us, we appreciate and treasure it very much”, Sofya Velikaya expressed her gratitude.

The group stage of the BRICS Games phygital football competitions came to an end at Basket Hall on Friday, with the ¼ final matches being played the same day.

In the tournament Quarter-Finals, players from Kazakhstan defeated Belarus 12:8, Brazil beat Cuba 8:6 following their success in the phygital stage, while the Russian national team confidently beat Abkhazia 9:3, maintaining the 6-goal lead well after the digital stage.

“We’d like to give it to the Abkhazian team: they did not concede to us on the court. Tomorrow we’ll face the Brazilians: they’re always sharp, so we can’t slack off. A lot of people are counting on us: we are the best team in the world in terms of the game and the team balance, we have the best of the best to play in the digital stage. It’s always a pleasure to come back to Kazan, it’s so nice here. The organisation is top-notch, especially regarding entourage, refereeing, technical side, meals, accommodation. Everyone is rooting for us, their support and reception is super cordial, it’s a real pleasure to play”, Robert “Ufenok77” Fakhretdinov, a player of the Russian national team, commented after reaching the Semi-Finals.

Venezuela nearly lost their entire lead after playing the game on consoles, but still managed to beat Uzbekistan with a score of 8:6.

“It feels super great to participate in such a tournament. Defending the flag of my country is a huge honour for me. We broke the viewing record at the BRICS Games yesterday: 101,000 people tuned in for our match; we’re like a media team in Uzbekistan, that’s why we have so much support and encouragement. The atmosphere is stunning, the tournament is going very well, we love everything”, Uzbekistan player Radion Yangirov shared his emotions.

The tournament’s deciding matches will take place on Saturday, 22 June. The ½ Finals will begin at 12:00, with the Finals and bronze medal match starting at 17:00.

The first winners of the BRICS Games rhythmic gymnastics competitions were determined on Friday. The Russian team took first place in the junior women’s all-around group routine, scoring 66.550 points. The second place went to the team from the International Association of Rhythmic Gymnastics Clubs “Sky Grace” (63.900), with Belarus rounding off the top three (60.450).

The gold medals in the senior all-around competitions were won by the “Sky Grace” team, which included Janina Sirotinina, Victoriya Kirnus, Sofya Ivashina, Alla Koryagina, Anna Trineeva, and Zlata Devyatyarova. The team received 68.450 points for their performance. Second place went to Russia (63.300) and third place to Uzbekistan (59.500).

Russia’s Kristina Voytenko (131.250) from “Sky Grace” won in the Junior Individual All-Around Finals. Arina Kovshova of Russia took silver (129.600) and Nicole Liauta of Belarus won bronze (119.400).

Lala Kramarenko of Russia won gold in the Senior Individual All-Around with a score of 143.750 points by the sum of four exercises. Russia’s Mariya Borisova (142.600), representing “Sky Grace”, took second place, while Anastasiia Salos of Belarus took bronze (133.450).

Our athletes were and are the strongest in the world. This will be shown and proved. Our programmes are very exciting and artistic. The level of competition was very serious, especially between the teams of Belarus, “Sky Grace”, and Russia. Everyone gave a very good fight”, said Irina Viner, President of the Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation.

The winners in the rhythmic gymnastics all-around group and individual routines will be determined on Saturday.

The final set of medals was awarded in chess on Friday. The Russian chess players (Vladislav Artemiev, Andrey Esipenko, Kateryna Lagno, Valentina Gunina) won the Blitz mixed doubles event with 40.5 points. The silver medal went to the Chinese team (Bai Jinshi, Xu Xiangyu, Guo Qi, Song Yuxin), who scored 35.5 points. Bronze went to Uzbekistan with a final score of 32.5 points (Abdimalik Abdisalimov, Saidakbar Saydaliev, Umida Omonova, Marjona Malikova).

“Despite everything, the opponents were quite strong, it was a real challenge. Some games with the Chinese and the Indians were very difficult. These Games were not a piece of cake. The guys from Belarus and Uzbekistan are very skilful, especially Maksim Tsaruk: I think he has a bright future. The BRICS Games are pretty significant for me; a lot of preparatory measures were taken in the city, these competitions are very popular and a milestone event after all, they unite different countries. The medals are very important for me”, said Vladislav Artemiev, Russian grandmaster who won three gold and one silver medals at the BRICS Games in Kazan.