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Greco Roman World Wrestling success

Posted on September 16, 2011 , by charley

The Turkish Greco Roman Wrestling team have had great success winning Olympic births and their coach is over the moon.

The Wrestling Team won one gold, one silver and two bronze medals in the Greco Roman wrestling competitions at the World Wrestling Championships in Istanbul. The team gave an incredible performance.

“Our boys wrestled very well in the tournament,” he said. “There were very competitive matches, but they did the best they could and claimed four medals in difficult matches.”

Selçuk Çebi, two times world champion,  fell short in his bid to complete a golden hat trick on Wednesday, being beaten by Roman Vlasov of Russia in the 74-kilogram final. Rıza Kayaalp won gold in the 120kg, while Nazmi Avluca (84kg) and Cenk İldem (96kg) won bronze medals.

What a great result, with Turkey winning four out of seven berths for Greco-Roman wrestling at next summer’s London Olympic Games. The last 3 catagories for the Greco Roman Wrestling will have playoffs to place wrestlers in thoses catagories.

Turkey came second after Russia in the Greco-Roman standings.

The freestyle category started with the 55kg finals, while there will also be women’s matches in 67kg and 72kg categories at the Sinan Erdem Dome on Friday.

Greco Roman Wrestling is a modern style of wrestling which is based on a wrestling for which has been around for thousands of years, originating from around the meditteranian. The Europeans tend to be skilled and enjoy this type of wrestling, where as the UK does not. Greco Roman Wrestling was the first style of wrestling registered for the Olympic Games and appeared in the 1896 Olympics in Athens.  There are 4 weight classes for Greco Roman Wrestling including, Schoolboy, cadets, juniors and seniors.

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