All news

Russian female team aim to win at least 4 medals of 2019 World Wrestling Championships

The competition will kick off on September 14 in Kazakhstan
Russia's wrestler Natalia Vorobyova Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS
Russia's wrestler Natalia Vorobyova
© Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS

MOSCOW, September 6. /TASS/. The Russian national women’s wrestling team aims to win at least four medals at the 2019 World Wrestling Championships, which starts next week in Kazakhstan, Magomed Aliomarov, the acting head coach of the national team, told TASS on Friday.

"The team is in good shape and is set for [achieving good] results," Aliomarov said. "We will undoubtedly need some luck in the draw procedure, but the girls are in a confident mood."

"All previously injured wrestlers have reunited with the team after they completely recovered," the coach continued. "I hope that we will win at least four medals, including the gold, and will earn at least four out of six licenses for the [2020] Olympics."

"The main task of the coaching staff was to consolidate the team for the world championships, so the girls would believe in themselves again after their poor performances at the world championships in Paris and Budapest, believe that they can break through the deadlock," Aliomarov stated. "I can now say that we succeeded in attaining this task."

"Since we have started our joint work, we have participated in four major tournaments, including two rating tournaments in Turkey and Poland, and we have performed outstandingly. This success consolidated us all," the Russian coach added.

The roster of the Russian national women’s team for the 2019 World Wrestling Championships includes: Yekaterina Poleshchuk (under 50 kg weight category), Stalvira Orshush (under 53 kg), Olga Khoroshavtseva (under 55 kg), Marina Simonyan (under 57 kg), Lyubov Ovcharova (under 59 kg), Maria Kuznetsova (under 62 kg), Inna Trazhukova (under 65 kg), Khanum Veliyeva (under 68 kg), Natalia Vorobyova (under 72 kg) and Yekaterina Bukina (under 76 kg).

Acting Head Coach Aliomarov also said that the 2012 Olympic champion and the 2016 Olympics silver medalist Natalia Vorobyova was capable of showing a decent result at the upcoming world championships. "Natalia [Vorobyova] dropped weight for this world championships as she did not meet the required physical condition in her previous weight category (under 76 kg)," the coach said. "I am sure that she will show a good result at the upcoming world championships and will finish first in order to move on to the Olympics."

"After the world championships, Vorobyova will shift to a heavier weight category and will be competing with Yekaterina Bukina for a spot on the Russian national team’s roster for the European championships in Italy next February," Aliomarov added.

Vorobyova, 28, won the gold of the 2012 Summer Olympics in the under 72 kg weight category, but shifted to the under 69 kg category for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, where she won the silver.

The 2019 World Wrestling Championships will be held in the capital of Kazakhstan, Nur-Sultan, between September 14 and 22.