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Two Belarusian wrestlers claim bronze at 2019 European Youth Olympic Festival

Sport 22.07.2019 | 18:45
Mikita Murashka
Mikita Murashka

MINSK, 22 July (BelTA) – Two Belarusian wrestlers won bronze medals on the second competition day of the 15th Summer European Youth Olympic Festival which is underway in Baku, Azerbaijan on 21-27 July, BelTA has learned.

In the boys' 48kg category Belarus' Maksim Stupakevich defeated Turkey's Emin Sakir to share the third place with the German wrestler. Azerbaijan's Gurban Gurbanov won gold. Silver went to Georgia's Kviche Abuladze.

Mikita Murashka secured bronze for Belarus in the boys' 60kg category after beating Italy's Andrea Setti. Bronze also went to Georgia's Nika Broladze. Gold went to Azerbaijan's Khasrat Jafarov, with silver clinched by Russia's Magomed Gigiyev.

Earlier, Hleb Makaranka of Belarus won gold in Boys Greco-Roman Wrestling 55kg.

An official opening ceremony of the 15th Summer European Youth Olympic Festival took place in Baku on 21 July.

Volleyball player Vladislav Babkevich, the captain and flag-bearer of Belarus' national team, led Team Belarus into the stadium. The Belarusian team consists of 102 athletes. They will compete in the women's, Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestling, cycling, volleyball, gymnastics, judo, athletics, swimming and tennis.

The Summer Youth Olympic Festival has brought together about 1,500 young athletes from 48 countries who will compete in 10 sports. At the Summer Youth Olympic Games in Gyor, Hungary in 2017 the Belarusian team included 96 athletes who competed in nine sports. Two years ago, the Belarusian young athletes won 15 medals (three gold, five silver, and seven bronze).

European Youth Olympic Festival has been held under the aegis of the European Olympic Committees since 1991 once every two years.

Photo courtesy of Belarus' NOC

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