25 August 2015

STYLISH PULYAEV LEFT RUEFUL AFTER SECOND WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SILVER

STYLISH PULYAEV LEFT RUEFUL AFTER SECOND WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SILVER

Of course I am sad about silver. I guess I lost because I felt very tired today. I was physically not strong enough. Maybe my tactics were not smart enough in the final. I should not have stopped after he got three shidos. I felt that I had a chance in the final because I had beaten him at the GS in Tokyo last year.

The semi final may have looked easy but it wasn’t .

I can feel progress since last year but still it is not enough. But I promise next year I will do my best to win gold in Rio.

Thank you very much I am very excited. I have hard work for this success and I am very happy. I had six fights and I had to go the distance each time that left me tired for the last match. 

Zantaraya is a strong fighter and every time he is dangerous. But I said to myself – I must get close to him to have a chance to throw him.

I am not sad that I lost the match. I am happy to be on the podium today. It was a difficult day I had a lot of fights and had to go fight longer than I would have wished in each fight. This is the reason I was a little bit tired. The final match was the hardest fight for me. Nakamura has twice been world champion. She has a strong grip and excellent tactical skills. Today I could not get close to her.

To be the number one was not easy for me. I could feel a little bit of pressure and that unsettled me somewhat. But it was a good day for me.

I am overwhelmed with emotion – I feel only joy and I am very happy about my medal.

It’s difficult to say which of my fights was the hardest as all of my opponents were very strong. But I was very focused and well prepared.