Competing in the 130 kilo category at the Senior European Wrestling Championship, Rıza Kayaalp lost to Sergey Semenov in the final and won the silver medal.
Competing in the 130 kilo category at the Senior European Greco-Roman Wrestling Championship held in Bucharest, the capital of Romania, Rıza Kayaalp beat Norwegian Oscar Marvik (9-0) with technical superiority in the 2nd round, and defeated his Armenian opponent David Ovasapyan 5-0 in the quarter-finals. he won.
Facing Azerbaijani Beka Kandelaki in the semi-finals, Kayaalp fell behind 2-0 in the match, but left the mat with the last point advantage (2-2) and advanced to the final.
Rıza Kayaalp missed the chance to make history with his 13th victory in Europe
Kayaalp faced world champion and Olympic 3rd place runner-up Russian Sergey Semenov in the final.
Rıza Kayaalp lost the match by pinfall and won the silver medal.
Our national wrestler, who equaled the legendary Russian wrestler Aleksandr Karelin’s 12 European championship titles in his weight category, has postponed his dream of breaking the record by winning his 13th European championship for now.
Bronze medals in the same weight were won by Azerbaijani Beka Kandelaki and Italian Danila Sotnikov.
Rıza, who won the European championship 12 times in his career, only won the silver medal in 2011.
He did not leave the top of the podium to his rivals in 2022
Rıza, the last European champion in the Greco-Roman style 130 kilograms, also reached the top of the podium at the World Wrestling Championship in Serbia last year. Thus, Rıza made history as the first Turkish wrestler to win the world championship for the 5th time.
The national athlete, who is both a European and world champion, was at the top of the World Wrestling Union’s 2022 world rankings in the Greco-Roman style 130 kilograms.
Rıza Kayaalp, one of the most important names of Turkish sports, also has 3 Olympic medals in his career.
The national wrestler won bronze medals in London 2012 and Tokyo 2020, and silver medals in Rio 2016. Rıza Kayaalp aims to complete his career at the top by winning the gold medal at the 2024 Paris Olympics.
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