The sixth edition of the FISU University World Championships recently finished in the Far East part of the Russian Federation in the city of Yakutsk, where Host nation Russia claimed seven gold medals on home soil, while Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and France were also able to win at least one title in Yakutsk.
Bout of the finals
Souleymane Cissokho first became involved in France’s national squad in 2009, when he won the Francophone Games in Beyrouth, Lebanon at the age of 18.
The Welterweight class (69 kg) boxer took part in the 2013 AIBA World Boxing Championships where he was a competitive rival for Kazakhstan’s star Daniyar Yeleussinov in the third preliminary round of the event.
Cissokho achieved a bronze medal at the European Union Championships in Sofia last month, and he was able to perform even better in the FISU University World Championships, where his efforts resulted in a deserved gold.
In the final of the event he had to meet with Russia’s new hope Ruslan Yuldashev, and Cissokho’s attacks found the holes in the defense of the host nation’s boxer.
The French boxer won his third tournament of 2014, and proved he is a strong hope for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games as well.
Team of the finals
Russia claimed seven gold medals in Yakutsk, winning more than 50% of the possible top positions.
Their new women’s star Sayana Sagatayeva dominated her final against South Korea’s Bak Cho Rong, while the second women’s gold went to EUBC European Women’s Continental Champion Anastasia Belyakova who was too strong for Tajikistan’s 19-year-old Shoira Zulkaynarova.
Vasiliy Egorov won his first national elite title in the end of August in Rostov, and he continued his winning series in Yakutsk.
After the 21-year-old Light Flyweight class (49 kg) boxer defeated Korea’s Lee Ye Chan in the semi-final, he had to be at his very best to beat Mongolia’s Ariunbold Ganselem in the final.
Darman Kutubekov had a hectic battle against Kazakhstan’s former Asian Youth Continental Champion Nurbol Kalzhanov, while Grigoriy Nikolaychuk also had a close final against Korea’s Lim Hyun Suk in Yakutsk.
Russia’s sixth gold medal was achieved by Imam Khatayev who caused a small surprise by beating Kazakhstan’s ASBC Asian Youth Continental Champion Tursynbay Kulakhmet, and their magnificent seventh was achieved by Nikita Stogov.
Surprise of the finals
Uzbekistan’s Shakhram Giyasov has not competed in too many events this year due to hand injuries, but he proved his quality during his return in Yakutsk.
The 21-year-old Light Welterweight class (64 kg) star eliminated Russia’s strong Emil Absharipov in the semi-final, and shocked the favourite of the category in the gold medal bout, Kazakhstan’s Agong Cup winner Maulen Oskenbek.
Giyasov won medals at the international level in 2012, and will hope that this unexpected gold medal will be a beginning of a better era for the young Uzbek hope.
One to watch
Kazakhstan’s Anvar Muzaparov moved up to the Flyweight class (52 kg) some months ago, and the 22-year-old athlete defeated two promising boxers in the last two competition days, with Mongolia’s Nurlan Askhar and France’s Marcus Gevia beaten for the gold.
Facts of the FISU University World Championships
South Korea bagged a record number of seven medals in the competition, while another strong Asian country, Mongolia took six podium places in Yakutsk.
Tajikistan’s new teenage hope Shoira Zulkaynarova won their National Women’s Championships in May and became their second women’s athlete, after London 2012 Olympic Games bronze medalist Mavzuna Choriyeva to win a medal in an international women’s championships.
List of the winners in Yakutsk
Women’s 51 kg: Sayana Sagatayeva, Russia
Women’s 60 kg: Anastasiya Belyakova, Russia
Men’s 49 kg: Vasiliy Egorov, Russia
Men’s 52 kg: Anvar Muzaparov, Kazakhstan
Men’s 56 kg: Darman Kutubekov, Russia
Men’s 60 kg: Grigoriy Nikolaychuk, Russia
Men’s 64 kg: Shakhram Giyasov, Uzbekistan
Men’s 69 kg: Souleymane Cissokho, France
Men’s 75 kg: Nurzod Sobirov, Kazakhstan
Men’s 81 kg: Imam Khatayev, Russia
Men’s 91 kg: Siarhei Karneyeu, Belarus
Men’s +91 kg: Nikita Stogov, Russia