Jelilmuhammet Hojamyradow and Myrat Gimmiýew claimed home nation Turkmenistan’s first gold medal of the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) after teaming up to take top spot in the men’s Ju-Jitsu duo classic competition at the Martial Arts Arena.
The pair triumphed ahead of Pakistan’s Abu Hurrara and Muhammad Ammar with Thailand’s Jirayut Wuttiwannaphong and Jirayu Vongsawan joined on the third step of the podium by Tajikistan’s Firdavs Sharipov and Firdavs Abdubanopov.
"It is the most exciting and happy moment in my life; getting the first gold medal for Turkmenistan in AIMAG," Hojamyradow said.
"[My thoughts] were about my parents who now will be very proud of me, and of my siblings who are watching this at home on TV.
"Then I thought about all the Turkmen people and the spectators in the Arena.
"For the people here it was really important that I got the first medal because all the Turkmen watch TV and cheer for the Turkmen athletes to win."
The gold medal-winning performance of Hojamyradow and Gimmiýew was one of six for Turkmenistan in Ju-Jitsu today.
Three of the host country’s titles came from all-Turkmen finals.
Fahraddin Abdullaýew edged Annageldi Annasähedow in the men’s contact under 69 kilograms final, while Begençmyrat Kakabaýew narrowly got the better of Rustam Rozmetow in the men’s contact under 77kg final.
There was also success for Rüsdem Penjiýew at the expense of fellow home favourite Wýaçeslaw Işhanýan in the men’s contact under 85kg category.
Turkmenistan’s two other gold medals came from the mixed duo classic and mixed duo show events.
In the mixed duo classic, Jahan Durdyýewa and Mekan Nurjikow sealed victory with an 83.5-82.5 win over Thailand’s Ratcharat Yimprai and Kunsatri Kumsroi.
As for the mixed duo show, Patma Hojiýewa and Gimmiýew clinched top honours by overcoming Pakistan’s Rafique Siddique and Komal Emmanuel 44.0-41.5.
Despite Turkmenistan’s dominance, today’s two most decorated athletes were Thailand’s Kumsroi and Suphawadee Kaeosrasaen.
They won both the women’s duo show and classic crowns, beating Turkmenistan’s Hojiýewa and Durdyýewa to success in both cases.
There was also disappointment for the home crowd in the men’s contact under 62kg final, which saw Dawut Nuryýew lose to Afghanistan’s Hussain Bakhsh Safari.
In the men’s duo show final, Pakistan’s Siddique and Shahzeb Nawaz Janjua overcame Thailand’s Thammanun Pothaisong and Warut Netpong 45.0-44.5.
Ju-Jitsu action is due to continue on Monday (September 18).
Turkmenistan ended the opening day of competition at the top of the overall medal table with 16 golds, 14 silvers and seven bronzes.
Uzbekistan are second with two golds, three silvers and eight bronzes, while Thailand are third with two golds, two silvers and three bronzes.