Hosts Greece had a blast at the 5th day of World Veterans Championships at Loutraki.

Emzarios Bedinidis and Vasilis Boukis won two gold medals, while another two athletes got a spot at the podium. Bedinidis won another Greek, Vasilis Batanas and complete the double after winning the gold at freestyle.
The Finals
Veterans C
62k. In a Round robin group of 4, Zhanbolat Abitov of Kazakhstan and David Yi of USA battled for the gold medal in the last round. Yi was the one who won the match with a 5-0 score and got the gold. Dirk Methfessel of Germany won the bronze with a win over K. Janchiv of Mongolia.

70k. Stepan Vladimirovitch Matveichuk (AIN) needed only 52 seconds to win by fall Csaba Sipos of Hungary to become the new world champion.

Bronze medal for Turkish Cebrail Karakas and Seyaed Hashem Shazadeh Safawi of Germany.

78k. Jimmy Fredrik Samuelsson of Sweden was 0-3 down and it looked like he was gonna lose by fall. But somehow he managed to escape from Tazabek’s Ikramovich Ikramov (Kyrgyzstan) hand and tied the game 3-3 and got an extra point with 1:25 left in the match, before he grabbed his opponent and won the gold by fall.

Another Swedish, Johan Mikael Sebastian Hedberg and Jakub Konrad Kowalczyk of Poland won the bronze.

88k. Greece owned this category. Emzarios Betinidis and Vasileios Batalas of Greece battle for the gold with Batalas having a 2-0 lead. Betinidis, who won the gold in freestyle, changed the momentum and got a 7-2 lead before the break, which he kept until the end of the match to win a second gold here at Loutraki.

But it wasn’t just the two Greeks of the final. A bronze medal went to another Greek, Christos Tortopidis, while Frederic Gerald Calixte of France won the second bronze.

100k.  Zurab Tsikaridze of Georgia is the new world champion of 100 kilos. He won by 4-0 Stanislavs Samota of Latvia, who had a pretty solid presence but for the gold medal match, couldn’t surpass Georgian’s obstacle.

Majid Akbar Hekmati  andBehzad Nourollah Abdolvand won both bronzes for Iran.

130k. Rafal Wieslaw Koszowski of Poland was in command in the final. He had a 7-0 lead after the first 2 minutes against Gabriel Armand Beauperthy of USA, but the American managed to get pretty close (5-7). But it wasn’t enough and the Polish became the new world champion.

Ivan Matekovic of Croatia was third.

Veterans D

62k.  Nurzhan Nurbekov of Kazakhstan became easily the new world champion. Last year he lost in the final, but he wad determined to to let this happen again. He got a 7-0 lead early and finished the business against Malkhaz Gogoladze of Georgia with 45 second left on the clock.

Tero Eerik Katajisto of Finland got an impressive win by fall in 77 seconds to get the bronze, with Philippe André Maupin of France winning the second bronze.

70k.  Vasilis Boukis got the fourth gold and eight in total medal for Greece. Boukis had a complete control of the gold medal match against Nariman Kairmanov of Kazakhstan. He had a 5-0 lead and lost just one point at the end to grab another gold for the hosts.

Ernesto Alarcon of USA and Nyamdorj Khaynkhyarvaa of Mongolia won the two bronze medals.

78k. Ercan Ayyldiz of Turkey after winning bronze last year, he had a 5-0 lead in the gold medal match against last year’s finalist, Jonathan Molfino of Italy. The Italian in the last 1:30 turned things around and got a 8-5 lead which was enough to give him the gold.

Anders Roger Sjoeqvist of Sweden and Mohammad Ahmadi Afshar of Spain won the bronze.

88k. It was Alireza Mohammadmahdi Talebianmashhadi of Iran against Pavel Denisov (AIN) for the gold medal match. Denisov was able to win by fall within 40 seconds.

Jerzy Sekura of Poland and Laszlo Zoltan Angyal of Hungary won the bronze.

100k. Kourosh Amin Abbasnikoo of Iran needed just 5 seconds to get two 4-point scores to get the gold medal against Zeljko Jovisic of Serbia.

Alvin Leroy Riggs of USA and Tamas Fabian of Hungary won both bronze.

130k. Bahaaldin Mohammad Karimzadeh of Iran became the new world champion after defeating Iran Ferenc Laszlo Nedbalek of Hungary in the gold medal match.

Suliman Ahmed S Mubarak of Saudi Arabia and Ankhbayar Tsendee of Mongolia competed in one of the most exciting bronze medal matches of the tournament. Tsendee was losing 3-0, but he got the lead by 4-3, with 80 seconds left and finished the job by a 10-5 score.  Isvan Bela Dezsereczky of Hungary won the other bronze.