Ismail Muszukaev, a Russian-born wrestler competing for Hungary, made history by winning the gold medal in the 65kg freestyle wrestling qualification at the World Wrestling Championships in Belgrade, Serbia. This victory marks the biggest success of Muszukaev's career and secures his qualification for the Olympics.
Muszukaev's Path to Victory
Muszukaev's journey to the final was not an easy one. He defeated strong opponents, including Adil Ospanov of Kazakhstan, Otoguro Takuto of Japan (the defending Olympic champion), Shamil Mamedov of Russia, and Rahman Amouzad Khalili of Iran (the defending champion). With his win against Khalili, Muszukaev secured his spot in the Olympics.
Muszukaev, who has been a member of the Hungarian national wrestling team since 2019, has had notable achievements in his career. He won the European Championship in 2020, and has previously won two bronze medals at the World Championships. In addition, he placed fifth at the Tokyo Olympics.
Historic Victory for Hungary
Muszukaev's gold medal win makes him Hungary's 21st world champion in wrestling and the 31st Hungarian world gold medalist. It is also worth mentioning that he is the second freestyle wrestling gold medalist in Hungary in the last 44 years, with the first being István Kovács in 1979 in San Diego.
Congratulations from Minister of Human Resources
Following Muszukaev's victory, Miklós Kásler, the Minister of Human Resources, congratulated him through a social media post. Muszukaev's win is seen as a global success for Hungarian athletics.
Questions & Answers
Who won the gold medal in the 65kg freestyle wrestling qualification at the World Wrestling Championships? Ismail Muszukaev, a Russian-born athlete competing for Hungary, won the gold medal.
When did Muszukaev start competing in Hungarian colors? Muszukaev has been competing in Hungarian colors since 2019.
Who did Muszukaev defeat to reach the final? Muszukaev defeated Adil Ospanov of Kazakhstan, Otoguro Takuto of Japan (the defending Olympic champion), Shamil Mamedov of Russia, and Rahman Amouzad Khalili of Iran (the defending champion) to reach the final.
What did Muszukaev's coach say about his chances of winning the gold medal? Muszukaev's coach, Zsolt Bánkuti, said that Muszukaev had to be at his best to have a chance for the gold medal. Bánkuti also noted that Muszukaev's style was better than that of the Iranian wrestler.
Is this Muszukaev's first major success in his wrestling career? No, Muszukaev won the European Championship last year and has previously won two world championship bronze medals. He finished fifth at the Tokyo Olympics.
How many world champions in wrestling has Hungary had? Muszukaev is Hungary's 21st world champion in wrestling.
Who was the first Hungarian gold medalist in freestyle wrestling in 44 years? The first Hungarian gold medalist in freestyle wrestling in 44 years was István Kovács in 1979.
What did Miklós Kásler, Minister of Human Resources, say about Muszukaev's victory? Miklós Kásler congratulated Muszukaev on his victory in a social media post.