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Russia to finish Wrestling on a high

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The men's freestyle Wrestling finals begin on Thursday evening. Harry Engels/Getty Images
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For the first time in six days of competition, Azerbaijan will have no athletes featuring in the evening's gold medal matches at the Heydar Aliyev Arena.

Russia, who are already assured of top place in the Wrestling medals table, have three finalists, starting in the 61kg class, where Alekzandr Bogomoev is the favourite to overcome Georgia's sole finalist Beka Lomtadze.

The next weight up sees a former Russian champion, Magomedmurad Gadzheiv, competing for Poland having switched allegiance from Russia in 2013. He competes against Russian Magamedrasul Gazimagomedov in the 70kg class.

In the 86kg bout, Russia's reigning world champion Abdulrashid Sadulaev, is expected to beat Piotr Ianulov of Moldova.

As for the heavyweights, legendary Russian wrestler Khadzimurat Gatcalov lost in his first bout of the morning, leaving Turkey's Taha Akgul the hot favourite as he takes on Aleksei Shemarov of Belarus. 

Meanwhile, Georgia's wrestlers enjoyed a series of impressive wins and made it to the semi-finals of all four weight categories. Only Lomtadze made it to a final, however, the others will all be gunning for bronze medals.


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