Azerbaijan’s Mariya Stadnik captured her eighth gold medal at the European Wrestling Championships with victory over Bulgaria’s Miglena Selishka in the women’s 50-kilogram final in Polish capital Warsaw.
The two-time Olympic medallist defeated Selishka 7-2 to clinch gold to add to her titles in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Stadnik has also won two European Games golds in 2015 and 2019 when the European Championships were not held.
Russia’s Ekaterina Poleshchuk and Poland’s Anna Lukasiak also secured places on the podium after winning contrasting bronze medal bouts.
Poleshchuk edged Ukraine’s Oksana Livach 10-9, while Lukasiak thrashed Emilia Budeanu of Moldova.
Stalvira Orshush of Russia was awarded the gold medal after drawing 2-2 with Poland’s Roksana Zasina in the 55kg final.
Khrystyna Demko of Ukraine beat Jessica Francisca Blaszka of The Netherlands 9-4 and Katsiaryna Pichkouskaya of Belarus thumped Andreea Ana of Romania 10-0 to secure bronze.
Bulgarian Bilyana Dudova captured 59kg gold after overcoming Russian Veronika Chumikova 5-1.
The bronze medals were won by Moldova’s Anastasia Nichita and Kateryna Zhydachevska of Romania after defeating Tukey’s Elif Yanik and Belarus’ Yuliya Pisarenka respectively.
France’s Koumba Larroque came out on top in the 68kg division after edging Russian Khanum Velieva 3-2.
Adela Hanzlickova of the Czech Republic swept aside Israel’s Ilana Kratysh with a 10-0 victory to clinch bronze.
She was joined on the podium by Ukraine’s Alina Berezhna who beat Turkey’s Nesrin Bas 5-0 in the other bronze medal match.
Estonia’s Epp Mäe was declared the winner in the 76kg final after drawing 1-1 with Russian Natalia Vorobeva.
Germany’s Aline Rotter Focken overcame Belarus’ Vasilisa Marzaliuk 4-0 to secure third spot along with France’s Cynthia Vescan who defeated Azerbaijan’s Sabira Aliyeva 13-0.
Competition is due to continue tomorrow with the remaining women’s finals.