World Combat Games: Grappling for gold

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World Combat Games: Grappling for gold

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Oleg Bagov continued Russia’s fine showing in the wrestling disciplines at the World Combat Games in St Petersburg.

Bagov thrilled the home crowd when he beat Russian teammate and friend Magomed Abdulkadirov to win the men’s grappling 77 kilo category.

Maciej Glabus celebrated gold in the men’s grappling 84 kilo division

37-year-old from Poland was trailing home favourite Albert Duraeva one point to nopthing for most of the fight before the Russian was received a penalty point for passivity.

Glabus then stole the momentum to lock down a 3-1 victory and the gold medal.

World and European champion Fatima Pinto of Norway was again on top of the podium after winning the women’s 51 kilo Muaythai title.

The Cape Verde-born Pinto – who claimed bronze at the 2010 edition of the games – beat Thailand’s Miss Ruchira Wongsriwo in the final to win Norways first gold of the competition.