The Ikadim Okculuk Sports Centre was filled with Muaythai fans cheering with excitement and pride for their favorite university nak muay in last day of the Semi-Finals.
Team UAE started out of the blocks strong and finished just as strong with Ibraham Bilal of Al Ain University of Science and Technology and Mohamed Toulzi of Asti Academy edging out their opponents for their chance for gold in the finals.
Team Palestine were the stars of Ring A as they had tremendous back to back performances from Ameer Amle and Dana Akef Batanji from Birzeit University bringing pride and anticipation to their university in their road to gold as they advanced one step closer to the top of the podium.
Team Thailand also showed skill and class from Pompipat Nthinant and Phakphum Kaithin from the Thailand National Sports University Lampang Campus with Pompipat’s agility and Phakphum’s strategic use of his length bringing their universities, their coaches and their country pride heading into the finals for gold.
Team Ukraine were the stars of day bringing many proud and emotional moments in the corners of Tetiana Hamarko of the National University of Physical Education and Sport of Ukraine, Artur Siruchenkov of Odessa National Maritime University and Vladyslav Yeremenko of West Ukrainian National University. The athletes’ strength, heart and will power certainly shone through their dominating performances and presence in Ikadim Okculuk Sports Centre.
Honorable performances came from the home team’s Bekir Karaomerlioglu from Ondukus Mayis University, Moldova’s Artiom Livadari from the Academy “Stefan cel Mare” of Miam and last but certainly not least, Italy’s Alein Iannone from the University of Rome La Sapienza who all stood toe to toe with their opponents and dominated all rounds of their bouts against their hungry counterparts.
Don’t forget to tune into “Gold Medal Day” today starting at 2pm, Samsun time on FISU TV