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Lohova hands Turkmenistan first medal in Baku
15 May, 2017 (14:16)
Judoka Mariya Lohova grabbed the first Turkmen medal of the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games on Sunday after beating Hafsa Yatim from Morroco in the bronze medal contest in the women’s -70kg category. Uzbekistan’s Gulnoza Matniyazova won gold, when she defeated Sukran Bakacak (TUR) in the final.
The first Sunday of the Games also saw Turkmenistan in action in the boxing ring.
Imankuliyev reaches semi-finals in Boxing
Six out of ten Turkmen fighters survived the first round in the boxing tournament. Hursand Imankuliyev qualified for the semi-finals in the 60kg category when he beat Erzhan Turgumbekov (KGZ) 5-0 in the second round on Sunday. He will face Iraq’s Ammar Karbalai in the semis on Wednesday.
In the 75kg category, Nursahet Pazzyev beat Azamat Kanybek Uulu (KGZ) to qualify for the quarter-finals, in which he will meet Morocco’s Youness Gharroumi on Tuesday.
Yakub Meredov (56kg), Zufar Saparbayev (64kg), Arslanbek Achilov (81kg) and Baky Toychyev (+91kg) all went into the quarter finals on a bye in the first round.
Volleyball challenge on Monday
The Turkmen Men’s volleyball team will face a challenge on Monday, after losing its first match against Turkey 3-0. The side will look to bounce back against Palestine, which has not yet played a match in the tournament. After four days of competition, host Azerbaijan tops Group A, having won its first two matches against Pakistan and Turkey.
Mariya Lohova’s bronze medal sees Turkmenistan move to 17th on the medal table. The host nation has performed strongly in the first four days, with the Azerbaijan women’s Handball team winning gold on Sunday to take the host’s medal tally to 50 (24 gold, 17 silver, 9 bronze) and top the table.
Turkey is second with 20 gold medals, 24 silvers and 15 bronzes for a total of 59 medals, and Uzbekistan is third with 5 golds, 4 silvers and 12 bronzes for a total of 21 medals.