The Crimean Crisis

After yesterday’s shocking events in the Crimean crisis in which a Ukrainian soldier was killed and another fatally injured by Russian protesters the situation is developing at a rapidly catastrophic rate.

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Hours after signing a treaty to annex Crimea into Russian borders based on reports of 60% of Russian citizens populating the country, and after Sunday’s referendum, the gunfire occurred on Tuesday.

Though Russian President Vladimir Putin will not simply hand Crimea back, he should smooth over relations and ease tensions with Ukrainian’s and Russian protesters. After many see this as an act of Putin rallying Russians to do the work for him, Russia and all its resources are isolating itself from the rest of the world.

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With condemnation from the United States, Great Britain and Europe with the EU officials also Putin must be prepared to accept reprimands. In order to avoid this Putin could make ‘good gestures’ though handing back Crimea is unlikely. For Putin, many say he is worried about his look to people as a strong leader. For Putin isolation from the rest of the world since building communication with the west and Europe strongly over years past, is something unwelcomed by all. Everyone wants to have strong and fair dialogue with Russia but such actions are going to cause separation. No one wants a war of any kind, including Russia. After building strong communications with all, Russia must repair this bond and again, accept sanctions of some kind.

If Russia can offer an alternative, this could ease a few tensions, even if the upset is too deeply broken. If Russia plans on ‘turning off its taps’ to Europe with gas supplies, this would also be another huge mistake. Europe are a collective whole. They are as one. In times of strife if the gas is cut off, they will be forced to band together to find a new supply. This means Russia will become obsolete in terms of energy provider over time. Europe will find a new source of productivity leaving Russia alone once more.

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Russia have since shown no real interest to remain a part of the G8 after discussion of possible removal from the group. Unfortunately for Russia, this is one action that looks likely. Maybe this will give them a chance to reflect upon after the tensions pass on its position with the rest of the world.

We have always been supportive of Russia over handling of the Edward Snowden situation and Syrian conflict intervention. This is a very different matter however. Russia, nor any country, can act this way and expect free reign.

It is key to have Russia’s involvement in world affair’s but the mild ‘invasion’ of troops in Crimea to begin with to put pressure on nervousness in the region was not acceptable under international law, which has been broken.

Despite the signed treaty declaring Crimea to Russia, the region still belongs to the Ukraine. Should Ukraine fall into turmoil with no acting official then it falls to the hands of the United Nations/NATO to decide. The treaty is no Magna Carta. It is not worth the paper it is printed on. If Russia want to rejoin Crimea to the Russian regions it should talk and discuss political issues with its ‘owners’ Ukraine. It has to be done legally and not with short options on the ballot paper.

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The initial reports have also been stated that Catherine the Great declared should Crimea retain Independence once more, the country returns to the province of Turkey. This was stated under the Ottoman law by the Russian Queen Catherine II herself.

As reiterated, Russia need to be a part of world affairs and discussions, but cannot create these actions of tension and expect no repercussions. If an area/country wants St. Petersberg or Moscow one day when they wake up, can they have it because they want it?  For now, at this very moment, Russia’s priority is to ease the tension with gunfire with sincerity for recent actions in diplomatic terms.

 

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Media Week 3

Media Week 3: The Sun,

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Week 3 stems from the above two papers.

PAPPA THE RAPPER!

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This weeks story in the tabloids could not be avoided. The curious case of Justin Bieber. A sensitive issue with fans if ever there was one. On Monday the teen heartthrob failed to show up for a concert at the O2 Arena leaving paying fans in utter distress. Even young children were in tears as others were dumbstruck for two hours. Various radio and news reports claimed Biebs was having some friend chicken at a restaurant. One father expressed on BBC News “We were fans of Justin Bieber. We loved him, now we hate him!” While passing fickle fans another added elsewhere they were OK with waiting two hours for him and tolerated the delay in favour of their baby. Later on in the week, Bieber collapsed and was rushed to a London hospital, where he allegedly in The Sun, screamed at minders and his music team who got the wrong equipment with his grown up toys. On Friday, the Canadian megastar launched himself at a photographer who took a photo outside his car. Bieber jumped out of the car he just clambered into screaming “I’ll beat the f*** out of you!” One photographer told the pop star to “f*** off back to America” where Canadian Bieber flipped. Perhaps misunderstood or intentional, this sent Justin over the edge, restrained by security. Another pap reminded such action could be classed as assault. Justin apologised after on Twitter to his fans and even sent a racy snap from his hospital bed, smiling, glaring into the camera topless and showing off the hemline of his pants.

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Back in the day when a papparazzo is almost floored they used to understand it was a sign to back off and they did so. Nowadays pap’s need to “get that shot” which puts the money on the table and they have no reservations in how to ethically achieve it, instead being aggressive or invasive as a result. Pap’s need to learn to behave themselves instead of taunting others also. As for Bieber there is no excuse for the attack, possibly provoked. The 19 year old may have mis-understood the phrase and assumed his Canadian heritage was being mocked, however was being asked to go back to America of which he has cracked superstardom of. Never call American’s Canadians and vice versa, just like with Australian’s and New Zealand natives. They become extremely aggressive. One question is that of the music industry and suggest they should support the star. Some have argued that Bieber’s mini meltdown is the start of problems to continue. Others claim the “diva’s” partying caught up with him and took effect. Whatever the case, both sides have to learn to remove themselves from causing literal tension with provocation. Reporting on it is fine, but encouraging behaviour on both parts is extremely unprofessional and plain pathetic.

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CLEGG CLOWN

Thursday’s The Sun had a snippet where “One Justin who will not let kids down” in the form of Mr.Tumble. Don’t be confused as this was not Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg in disguise.

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HEALTH BOSS POCKETS BONUS DEFENCE FROM TORY LEADER

Cunning Conservative leader David Cameron has blamed opposition party Labour and Heath Secretary Andy Burnham for Sir David Nicholson, the man behind the NHS receiving tons of bonuses for the massive numbers of hospital deaths which occurred under Nicholson’s management. Labour stated Sir David should be “sacked immediately.” David Cameron once again senselessly attacked Labour for the blunder and again protected rich fat cat Nicholson, who claims to have done nothing wrong and takes no responsibility. Labour responded of Cameron trying to “politicise a huge tragedy” for personal gain. All David Cameron can ever do is blame Labour for every mistake the Conservatives are causing in their almost three of five year term in government of which they pledged to rectify problems, which has since seen Cameron obliterate the poor on benefits cutting their minimal money, threatening to remove them from welfare for up to three years and plan a tax decrease for the wealthy, including millionaires and bankers who gain ludicrous 100% bonuses for the coming budget statement due in a couple of weeks.

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LEADER OF UK BECOMES SPORADIC JOURNALIST

Dave also wrote an article in the Sunday Telegraph last week and has mentioned Prince William’s 21st birthday security failings. The man who had a background in media before being elected to lead the Conservatives, also agreed with William Hague, Foreign Secretary, that Britain will be deploying minimal levels of armour and vehicles to Syrian rebels after China and Russia deployed military defences to the President’s side. Hague, who didn’t think twice about sending support along with the already cut defence budget in Britain, and as Cameron announced over the Mali intervention in terror wars “for decades to come” of which Cameron sparked for Britain with idealistic, thoughtless deployment, as a moral obligation.

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ARMOR AID FOR SYRIA

While a moral obligation is there to help “more than 70,000 have been killed since the uprising of President Bashar al-Assad began in 2011” and as the only country that really supports almost every country in need of aid in some form in Europe, Great Britain cannot keep intervening into other people’s ‘wars’. If so, then the rest of Europe need to band together, but won’t because the world has become segregated into fear to ‘stick to their own’. Remember when the UN and all that war thing happened and nations would bail out one another if some country was under attack? Come on Dave, you remember your privileged Ox-bridge education on history lessons now, don’t you?

TOTAL ECLIPSE OF EU HEART

Bonnie Tyler has been announced as the entry for the 2013 Eurovision entry for the United Kingdom. With David Cameron’s personal idealisation on the EU, will we manage to beat nil points? Perhaps Europe will be gracious to give us enough points to make a point? Maybe we will get the number exact for how many European members Cameron got a no from? Now that, on Europe’s part, would be cleverer than nil points or near the bottom of leader boards. 61 year old Bonnie added “I’m very successful all over Europe. I think that will stand me in good stead.” The final of the contest takes place at Malmo, Sweden in May. Alternatively, you could start giving some points to make it seem less rigged.

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BENEFITS BLITZ FOR MIGRANTS OR BRITONS?

Back to benefits in more detail. Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan-Smith claimed the handouts were facing a “crisis” as migrants are flocking to Britain to claim handouts specifically. Is this the excuse for cutting the benefits system from the poor or just an excuse to cut everything for everyone? Regardless of the answer, the poorest in Britain are suffering yet the rich are not paying or contributing anything to society. When the poorest who have no money cannot pay for anything how do you expect to keep things in the country moving? You have to take a sum from the rich, who it won’t affect fully and are contributing to the country to stabilise its future economy. David Cameron earns a whopping £142,500 a year, plus bonuses. (Source: Wikipedia)

Interestingly this information over the last week has miraculously been edited out from Wikipedia.

“The UK Prime Minister receives £142,500 per annum as salary for being Prime Minster. He is also a sitting MP and thus receives and additional salary of £65,737.” (Source:Answers.co.uk)

This is a man who is cutting Human Rights and seeking laws to legally track all your browsing history and details online to snoop your emails and information to collect from internet providers. Legal hacking, anyone?

Cameron also promised Indian’s on a tour of the country a fortnight ago they could come and live in the UK if they graduate and earn a job over £20,000. The UK has scores of unemployment increasing, including students now paying a hefty triple fees price tag set by David Cameron himself, with input from Business Secretary Vince Cable of the Liberal Democrats. Cam also went to poor nation Africa and pledged to send them aid rather than focus on his own struggling citizens he is supposed to be representing living in poor conditions for the UK even though not as poor as Africa, granted, the country at home is your main priority. No?

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I also bought Friday’s edition of The Guardian, in store, however, could not find one story of interest, nor one that wasn’t completely full of blocks of text that should be readable and has a high level of “broadsheet” expectancy. As mentioned last week I can handle a broadsheet in contrast to a tabloid, but these are just many problems papers are facing, the Berliner size format allowing for more text and a strongly higher than’high-brow’ editorial is becoming problematic and needs either modifying by editors or inclusion of ‘lower brow’ writers the paper would probably class me into.

Three months ago in a passing comment a journalist who works for the Daily Mail mentioned in a mocking manner “Another debate piece in The Guardian? “How to take these comments will be your choice as with mine above, however, its needs addressing and mine are clearly advice, should you wish to get a heads up. If you want a piece on something as well, I’m available. Thanks.

 

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London 2012, Day 15 Results

London 2012, Day 15 Results:

Plymouth plunderer plucks proud Bronze

Diving, 10m Platform

It was encouraging to see FINA take our concerns seriously, as markings seemed to change credibly, however the question would be how long would it be maintained for?

Round 1 of the dives were very accurate, as Riley McCormack of Canada launched the proceedings, with a 3.0 difficulty earning a valid 8.5 score. Cuban Jose Antonio Guerra also gained an 8.5 score with the same difficulty, which was slightly worse when legs entered the water swivelled to the left.

The majority of the dives were consistent, though when Tom Daley dived for Team GB, cameras in the audience were flashed by anticipating fans which caused a distraction. The flash photography, which is banned when performers are diving caused Tom and the coach to ask for a re-dive. The official rightfully agreed, and an announcement to the audience was conducted.

Is nothing sacred? You are there in the aquatic center witnessing the action live, be grateful to have that, there is no need to take pictures as well as the disgracious abundance to break rules costing all the competition for any competitor. Should throw them out next time.

Daley, David Boudia and Martin Wolfram ended the round highly, with the Chinese competitors, Lin Yue and Qiu Bo.

Round two had competent dives until the last three diver’s caused a mix. David Boudia earned 9.0 which should have had 9.5 as an excellent dive came through, with a minimal glitch not enough to be a 10. Lin Yue earned 9.5 which was at least a 9.0 with curving’s towards fall in, creating bubbles underneath, and Qiu Bo’s legs were way off into the water entry with them arched over, and gained a 9.0 which should have seen 8.5 minimal.

Lin Yue had some good dives when it counted

Oleksandr Bondar fell back onto his ankles in round three rolling back onto the water with his feet on entry and scored two 7.5’s and an 8.0 which should have been 7.0 – 7.5.

Sascha Klein was unfortunate with some flapjack, saucepan arched legs at a 3.5 difficulty earning 6 and 6.5’s in a trying attempt.

Victor Minibaev was way too out and diagonally extended when flying down to the water which was marked at a disbelievable 9.0 which was a roughly 8.0 score.

Tom Daley performed a tougher difficulty at 3.5 than Minibaev at 3.3 with a slight arch, which should have had 9.5 instead of 8.5 and two 9.0’s.

Boudia dived to 9.0’s in a near perfect splash, which should have been 9.5.

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Lin Yue entered diagonally to gain 8.5 as Bo had flung his legs and had awkward backward entry as well as his head too close to the board which usually results in a penalty which the judges “missed.” Clearly we can say they missed it in the spur of the moment as an excuse, though was clear violation that they saw it and chose not to reprimand. Disgraceful. Bo scored two 9.5’s and one 9.0.

Round four Nicholas McCrory scored an 8.0 which should have been roughly 7.5 after a mass sviwel bend entry.

Daley had a very good dive into the water scoring two 9’s and one 8.5 which should have seen 9.5’s.

Lin Yue had a disastrous drop which was rightfully marked at 6.0’s and 6.5. Qiu Bo entered the water with a coathanger legged mess which scored 9.0 and two 8.5’s which should have amounted to 8.0’s.

Round five had a great dive from Mexican Ivan Garcia Navarro earning 9.0’s, though Bondar paused in the air and hyper extended his legs, pushing his knees out before plunging into the water, scoring a rightful 5.0 and two 6.0’s, however Cuban Jose had his knees out, as dropped into the water trying to push them then hurled back on his flipped feet, similar to Olek’s mistake, though scored two 8.5’s and an 8.0.

Hmmm…

Minibaev then had awkward bend drops with a swivel back an froth reminiscent of a seesaw scored 8.5’s instead of 8.0s.

Wolfram tore his shoulder on the last dive prior, but wilfully continued on to make his country proud.

Lin Yue faltered slightly with legs off in rotation and a bad entry. He scored 8.5’s across the board, which was 8.0’s at best.

World champion Qiu Bo had a seemingly good dive until before water entry in the dive into position, slightly bent out. 8.5’s were given, which was 8.0 – 8.5 worthy for his blunder.

After the rankings Daley was first with 466.20 to Boudia and Bo’s tied score of 466.05 only a margin separating them as the top three.

The final dive loomed. Bondar gained 6.0’s in a seemingly pity marking which was worthy of 5-5.5’s. Legs were mid-air crossover calamities embodied by the splash dive. ‘Baev scored 8.5 which was 8.0 ideally.

Despair came for Martin Wolfram as he ripped his shoulder in the round prior and continued on to dive in honour for Germany, however painfully irritated the predicament, off in rotations, which probably should have seen him withdraw from the contest, despite not wishing to, as he was too far behind to contend. He attempted a 3.7 difficulty scoring 8 and two 8.5’s for his efforts.

Daley followed with a faultless, perfect dive, with slight bend, to earn two 9’s and a 9.5 which was worthy of all 9.5’s in blatant marking down.

David Boudia followed with an almost perfect dive though a tad off with leg entry, earning 9.5’s which were really 9.0’s at best.

Qiu Bo was over in mid-air and missed fluidity on a 3.6 difficulty, scoring 9.0’s to bump his place to second, after losing to Boudia.

Tom Daley won the bronze medal in a joyous celebration, being thrown into the pool by his team and coaches. Boudia was thrilled as Bo was dismayed.

The event began marking fairly competently, but then instantly reverted after the next few rounds to old habits. Whether “in awe” of Bo’s previous talents, which would constitute as bias, or whether it was some shady politics going on behind the scenes, or just stubborn attitudes of the ‘panel’ or who they believe should win a medal is unfathomable. They should all be struck off, and replaced if FINA are to hold any scope with its reputation, as this has been highly detrimental to the profession and the Olympic sport.

Even defending champ Matthew Mitchum of Australia was eliminated, even though he had better dives than some who did qualify. He was later seen in the crowd in joyous fashion, with a smiley face drawn onto his chest with cheeky tongue pointed out. 😛

One devisery we can take from this is that something untoward is in the water at a cataclysmic standing, where officials need to harpoon the harboured hypocrisy because it is running their integrity and becoming highly debatable in potentially biased parameters that must be recognised and removed. It damages, nations, professionalism and the will of the sport, never mind the Olympics. It applies to anyone and not because it is country based, as before, we re-iterate, if sport is to be fair and contrasting then foul play potentially seen must be investigated and mentioned. If you were on the over side, would you be so quiet?

Gold and silver can be debated by Daley and Boudia. We have previously stated that Boudia yesterday was one to ascend. It is in this writer’s credible thought process that Daley should have gained gold and Boudia silver, slightly but Daley’s last dive proved higher ranking than Boudia’s and in a level of competition, there has to be a mentioned contrast. Again both could be debated back and forth, but clear these two were the top two, and China’s Bo should have held bronze, yet gained silver. While almost every writer will take a defiance based on nationality, there is none here with myself. In order to have a free press and a fair, genuine and defined sporting outlook with morals and sporting achievement, these are valid claims to make. We have no bias when we write, check our previous results, where we have tirelessly put many nations forward credibly, based on their achievement alone in the games. Most press outlets, if not all have had bias towards concentrating on their nations and ignoring others from smaller sports or unknown/politically unmentionable countries. We have done none of this. Nevertheless, we do not wish to detract from Boudia’s victory as was thoroughly deserved with some expert dives on the day. Congrats on a great competition to the end!

Moving on…

Athletics

Make Mo-ne a double!

Mo Farah became the seventh man to sensationally win the 5,000m and the 10,000m at the same Olympic’s gaining the victory for Great Britain in an tense and terrific track trot, crossing the finishing line at 13:41.66. Dejen Gebremeskel (Ethiopia) and Thomas Pkemei Longosiwa (Kenya) took silver and bronze.

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Men’s 4x 100m Relay

The four man relay runners were unleashed from their starting blocks where Jamaica and the United States (Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay and Ryan Bailey) had a chase on their hands, though Jamaica (Nesta Carter, Michael Frater and Yohan ‘The Beast’ Blake) strode home with the baton in Usain Bolt’s firm hands to charge home another victorious gold. Former athlete Michael Johnson felt it may have been a mistake to put Bailey in lane three, as needing to gain an upper advantageous lead before Bolt was launched to stand a chance of winning. We would agree. Jamaica entered a new world record at 36.84 as United States raced a 37.04. Trinidad and Tobago came third with 38.12.

Bolt payed ‘omage to the “Mo-Bot” from Mo Farah

Mo keeping up with the Bolt-bot

Women’s 4x 100m Relay

The result was slightly reversed for the females as Team USA strode home to a 3.16.87 time above Russia by four seconds to win the gold. Bronze went to Jamaica’s ladies in a close battle for second at 3.20.23 to 3.20.95.

Men’s Javelin

Keshorn Walcott launched the farthest distance of 84.58 to fling home a gold medal for Trinidad and Tobago, while silver was claimed by Ukraine’s Oleksandr Pyatnytsya at a score of 84.51. 84.12 spiked a bronze for Antti Ruuskanen for Finland.

Women’s High Jump

Anna Chicherova earned 2.05 and a gold for Russia to scale past Brigetta Barrett on 2.03 who couldn’t surmount her rival. Russia also rallied a bronze with Svetlana Shkolina on 2.03 also.

Women’s 800m

Mariya Savinova clocked 1.56.19 to race Russia to another gold leaving South African rival Caster Semenya in second for silver on 1.57.23. Ekaterina Poyistogova came in thirty seconds later to add another bronze to Russia’s victory pot.

Boxing

Luke Campbell, 24, won the 56kg Bantam weight division to snatch the gold medal, leaving Ireland’s John Joe Nevin to commiserate with silver.

Men’s Heavyweight, 91kg

Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk pummeled Clemente Russo of Italy to plough through to gold success. Usyk celebrated with some funky dance moves.

Time to invite Dhalsim of Street Fighter for a dance!

Teymur Mammadov of Azerbaijan shared bronze with Bulgarian Tervel Pulev.

Light Flyweight 49kg

Shiming Zou won gold for China after Thailand’s Kaeo Pongprayoon was thought to have won the medal. Zou took gold for China as officlas made the call, putting silver around Kaeo. Paddy Barnes of Ireland and David Ayrapetyan tied for bronze.

Men’s Light Welterweight

Denis Berinchyk (Ukraine) settled for silver as Roniel Iglesias Sotolongo of Cuba won gold 22-15 on points.

Men’s Middleweight 75kg

Japan’s Ryota Murata beat Esquiva Florentino Falcao 14-13 on points to prise gold from the Brazilian. Florentino downed Anthony Ogogo one day earlier, forcing him to collect bronze for Great Britain.

Mexico won the Men’s Football gold against Brazil 2-1.

Russia’s Evgeniya Kaneava retained the Rhythmic Gymnastics with a 116.900 mark to earn gold over challengers  Belarus.

Women’s Mountain Bike cycling witnessed France stride home to gold as silver went to Germany. United States wheeled in at third for bronze.

Germany’s Sabine Spitz

Men’s Kayak Single 200m

Ed McKeever received the golden paddle to win gold. Silver medallist was Saul Craviotto Rivero of Spain as Canada jetted to third for bronze with Mark de Jonge.

The single Canoe 200m race saw Yuri Cheban win gold at 42.291, as Japan entered third while silver went to Lithuania.

Double Kayak, 200m

Russia stormed to first with Alexander Dyachenko and Yury Postrigay to defeat Belarus’s Vadzim Makhneu and Raman Piatrushenka who inched passed Great Britain towards the end after Team GB held second for the vast majority. Jon Schofield and Liam Heath picked up bronze.

Men’s Hockey saw Great Britain lose to Australia 3-1 bowing out of the challenge to win bronze, which Australia secured.

Men’s 50km Race Walk

Sergey Kirdyapkin set an Olympic record at 3.35.59 to set Russia into further sturdy grounf with gold. Jared Tallent came up second to gain Australia silver. Bronze went to China’s Tianfeng Si.

Women’s 20km Race Walk

Russian fever taking over had another double whammy of wins as Elena Lashmanova took gold at 1.25.02 as countryman Olga Kaniskina had a time of 1.25.09. Shenjie Qieyang had 1.25.16 to take bronze for China.

Men’s Modern Pentathlon

The Czech Republic bested China to win gold, over the London 2012 course, including horse riding, fencing, pistol targeting and racing to a finish. Hungary followed in third to get the bronze.

Women’s Volleyball

Brazil bashed United States 3-1 with the ball battalion to gain gold. Japan jumbled over Korea totaing ownership of a bronze medal.

Women’s Basketball

US dropped France for gold as Australia hooped past Russia for bronze.

It wasn’t plain Women’s Sailing for Australia in the Elliot class as one man went overboard, allowing Spain to swiftly pass to claim the gold medal.

Wrestling

Artur Taymazov won the 120kg freestyle grapple over David Modzmanashvili of Georgia to earn gold for Uzbekistan. Bilyal Makhov of Russia and Komei Ghasemi of Iran both won bronze.

Bilyal Makhov of Russia competes against Jamaladdin Magomedov of Azerbaijan

84kg Sharif Sharifov Bilyal Makhov overcame opposition to win gold against Puerto Rican Jami Yusept Espinal 3-1.

Perfect pinfall attempted in London’s Excel Arena

60kg

Working the ankle wasn’t enough for Japan’s trying efforts against Toghrul

Toghrul Asgarov of Azerbaijan felled Besik Kudukhov to silence Russia 3-0.

Taekwondo

Carlo Molfetta won Italy their gold in the +80 standings as Milica Mandic won the +67 Women’s gold for Serbia.