Home nation Turkmenistan dominated the opening day of traditional wrestling competition here at the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, claiming 10 of the 13 freestyle gold medals on offer.
Laçyn Badaglyýewa set the hosts on their way to a memorable night by beating Uzbekistan’s Shakhzoda Ergasheva 2-0 in the final of the women’s under 52 kilograms category.
"I am so excited about this gold medal," Badaglyýewa said.
"It is a great feeling.
"I wish more athletes from Turkmenistan share that joy and win more medals for our country."
Turkmenistan’s Jumaýewa Gulfiýa and Uzbekistan’s Manzuraoy Muydinova were the bronze medallists.
Zuhra Madraimowa doubled Turkmenistan’s gold medal tally thanks to a 2-0 victory over Gulkhumoroy Dadaboeva, who like Ergasheva is also from Uzbekistan, in the women’s under 58kg final.
Mongolia’s Lkhagvakhuu Ochirpurev and Pakistan’s Ambreen Masih were the bronze medallists.
Gülnar Haýytbaýewa added another title to Turkmenistan's haul after she threw her compatriot Dinara Hallyýewa to win the women's under 63kg crown.
Uzbekistan's Dilafruz Mamadjonova was the sole bronze medallist.
A fourth gold medal of the night for Turkmenistan came courtesy of Nasiba Surkiýewa, a 2-1 winner over Uzbekistan’s Gulmira Ismatova in the women’s under 70kg final, before Allanur Goçow triumphed 2-0 in an all-Turkmen men’s under 57kg final at the expense of Ýakupnazar Ýakubow.
The women’s under 70kg bronze medallists were Indonesia’s Anita Dwi Nengrum and Turkmenistan’s Rano Uzakowa, while the Philippines’ Alvin Lobreguito and Tajikistan’s Faridun Qurbonov shared the third step of the men’s under 57kg podium.
Nowruz Eýeberdiýew made it five gold medals for Turkmenistan with a 2-0 win over Afghanistan’s Jawid Ahmad Amiri in the men’s under 62kg final and Döwletgeldi Berdiýew secured a sixth after fellow Turkmen Toýlymyrat Durdymyradow was disqualified in the men’s under 68kg final.
Uzbekistan’s Fayzulla Ummatov and Abdurasul Khabibullaev were the men’s under 62kg bronze medallists, while Iran’s Esmaeil Amiri and Uzbekistan’s Shakhobiddin Sangilov were the men’s under 68kg bronze medallists.
There were also all-Turkmen finals in the men’s under 82kg, under 100kg and over 100kg categories.
Silapberdi Nuryýew beat Begmyrat Baýdurdyýew to the under 82kg title after his opponent was disqualified.
That came before Seýdi Batyrow triumphed by the same method over Bäsim Ayazow in the under 100kg final and Rejepaly Orazalyýew defeated Annamyrat Myradow 1-0 in the over 100kg final.
Iran’s Habibollah Torabi and Uzbekistan’s Eldor Nematov were the under 82kg bronze medallists, while Tajikistan’s Abdurahmon Mamatqulov and Uzbekistan’s Islomjon Kuldashev won the equivalent prizes at under 100kg.
Tajikistan’s Samandar Ernazarov and Mongolia’s Purevbaatar Gongor rounded out the over 100kg podium.
Turkmenistan did not have things all their own way, however, with Orazmämmet Welmämmedow losing 2-1 to Uzbekistan’s Ilkhomjon Mashrabov in the men’s under 75kg final.
Iran’s Ghasem Dazi and Turkmenistan’s Derýa Abdyýew were the bronze medallists.
There was also defeat for home favourite Berdiýew Öwezgeldi in the men’s under 90kg final, losing 2-1 to Uzbekistan’s Obidali Mavlonov.
Turkmenistan’s Arslan Ybraýymgulyýew and Tajikistan’s Anushervon Navruzzoda were the bronze medallists.
Today’s other gold medallist was Mongolia’s Munkhtsetseg Otgon, who overcame compatriot Sarangoo Ganbold 2-0 in the women’s over 70kg final.
The bronze medallists were both representatives of Turkmenistan with Maksuda Egemberdiyewa and Jahan Muhammedowa completing the podium.
The second and final day of traditional wrestling action is scheduled for Monday (September 18).