Ashgabat 2017 Daily Preview: 18 September

Day three of competition at the Ashgabat 2017 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games will ratchet up the intensity significantly, with medal events slated to take place in six sports, including Indoor Athletics, Ju Jitsu, Taekwondo, Track Cycling, Traditional Wrestling, and Weightlifting.

Eight gold medals are up for grabs on the opening day of Indoor Athletics competitions at Ashgabat 2017, including crowd-pleasers such as men’s and women’s 60m Hurdles, men’s Pole Vault, and the Pentathlon. With a slew of medallists from various international competitions on hand here in Ashgabat and looking to add to their trophy cases on Monday in all eight of the medal events, expect the opening day of Indoor Athletics contests to be heated.

Over at the Velodrome, men’s Team Sprint competition will inaugurate the phenomenal Ashgabat 2017 cycling facility with one of the most thrilling of all the pedal-sports events. With teams of three athletes completing one full-speed lap of the 250m track each – head-to-head against an opposing team in the gold medal and bronze medal finals – the opening competition at the Velodrome will be must-see viewing.

Meanwhile, in day two of Muaythai competition, the fighters of Thailand will be looking to assert their dominance in the martial art that bears their nation’s name. With a team lead by the -57kg world champion Chotichanin Kokkrachai, Thailand can expect to build significantly on the seven medals they were able to accumulate on the opening day of Ashgabat 2017 competition with some strong performances from their Muaythai fighters.

Finally, Monday will see the final day of Traditional Wrestling competition at Ashgabat 2017. The host Turkmen team was utterly dominant in Freestyle competition on day one of the event, taking 24 medals in total – including 10 golds. With an equally strong set of athletes lined up for Monday’s Classic style bouts, expect the home fans in Turkmenistan to have plenty to celebrate by the end of the day’s Traditional Wrestling competition.

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