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Akanov shines in Russia

Akanov shines in Russia
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Kyrgyzstan’s Nurbek Akanov held his nerve to take gold in the belt wrestling event at the World Combat Games in St Petersburg on Friday.

The experienced fighter looked in great shape, dominating his opponent 5 points to nothing in the showpiece match to clinch the men’s 90 kilo category.

Elsewhere, local hope Alexey Ivanov gave the Russian crowd something to smile about when he claimed the men’s Ju-Jitsu title.

Ivanov outclassed Algeria’s Ali Smail in the semis before producing a stunning performance to beat Ukraine’s Ivan Nastenko 11-6 and secure the under 85 kilo class.

Britain’s Richard Kruse kept his composure to clinch the men’s individual foil event.

The 30 year old, who took silver at the 2009 European Fencing Championships held in Bulgaria, outsmarted America’s Race Imboden in the final with Artur Akhmatkhuzin completing the podium.

Miles Chamley-Watson and Alexey Cheremisinov finished fourth and fifth respectively.