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27 July 2021, 09:41

Tokyo Olympics: Uladzislau Smiahlikau wins opening bout

TOKYO, 27 July (BelTA) – Belarus' Uladzislau Smiahlikau secured a victory in his men's heavy opening bout against Ato Leau Plodzicki from Samoa 4-1 at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, BelTA has learned.

“It was the first time I went against an opponent from Samoa. First I had to watch him and understand how to act. I must give him credit - he looked good at the start. I held the advantage in the second and third rounds. I still need to improve my movement. After all, this is the main sporting tournament. I have never stopped training, my coach was sure that I would go to Japan. It turned out everything was not in vein. I am here, in Tokyo, and I won my first fight. Greetings to my first coach in Gomel, Sergei Pyanov. He is rooting for me,” the athlete said.

The Belarusian athlete will next face David Nyika from New Zealand on 30 July.

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