"My performance at the World Championship was not bad. This was my first race after returning from military service."
Ashraf Ashirov (79 kg), who won a silver medal at the U-23 World Wrestling Championship in Tirana, the capital of Albania, told Idman.biz.
In the final, the wrestler who lost to Russian Magomed Magomayev with a score of 4:9, rose to the second step of the podium. The freestyle wrestler said that he is happy that he will return home with a medal: "Until the final, I did not give even 1 point to my opponents from Armenia, Spain, India and Kazakhstan. I have believed in myself a lot even in the crucial meeting. But unfortunately it didn't work. Thankfully, I am not returning home without a medal."
It should be noted that the Azerbaijan national team, which won 2 silver and 3 bronze medals in the completed freestyle competitions, was the 3rd in the world in the team score with 87 points.