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Guliyev’s victory closes Baku Cup

On the second – and final – day of the 2013 International Baku Cup, in the women’s 58kg Wang Shuai from China captured the overall victory. However, hers was not a victory as simple as one would think. Wang, who had never before registered an international competition result, had to vie with Romanian Loredana-Elena Toma, who was the first winner of the day: with 96kg she took the snatch gold medal. In clean and jerk Wang finally managed to lift 118kg Toma could not, so the Chinese girl went into the lead with 212kg against Toma’s 211kg. London Olympics bronze medallist Yuliya Kalina from Ukraine collected all the three bronze medals.

In the men’s 69kg, the hosts did not have too many reasons to worry about who would get the Grand Prix award: their junior world record holder (194kg clean and jerk) and Universiade champion Firidun Guliyev was at ease with the competition. “Guest actors”: Chinese Xin Changlong,  Russian Sergey Petrov or Bulgarian Bozhidar Andreev were confined to a fight among themselves for the still prize-money winning positions. Eventually, in the snatch, Guliyev gained “only” 5 kilos advantage and in clean and jerk he was again the best with his performance of 170kg for a 305kg total. Sergey Petrov (RUS) picked up the silver and Andreev (BUL) received the bronze medal.