Info RM: Wrestler from Mordovia Artem Surkov about his performance at the pre-Olympic tournament

Fighter from Mordovia Artem Surkov about the performance at the pre -Olympic tournament

Wrestler Artem Surkov, after winning the Russian Championship in Rostov-on-Don, came close to qualifying for the Olympic Games for the first time in his career.

Wrestler from Mordovia Artem Surkov about his performance at the pre-Olympic tournament

Fighter from Mordovia Artem Surkov about the performance at the pre -Olympic tournament

Wrestler Artem Surkov, after winning the Russian Championship in Rostov-on-Don, came close to qualifying for the Olympic Games for the first time in his career. The newly-minted champion of the country told Denis Garin, editor-in-chief of sports broadcasting of the Television Network of Mordovia (Channel 10), about his performance at the main pre-Olympic tournament.

– No result, except for a victory, would have suited Sergey Emelin and me at this championship. After all, neither he nor I have ever become national champions in seniors. We were usually released after the World or European Championships. Coaches, if they see that a clear leader, give a rest. And this time the tournament is pre-Olympic. And only those weights in which Russia does not yet have Olympic licenses received exemption – up to 77 and up to 97 kg. We already have a license in our scales with Sergey, so it remains only to decide within the country who will go to Tokyo. In 2020, there were no competitions, there was nowhere to prove oneself. I am very glad that we won this important tournament and took another small step into the Olympic team. In our Mordovian team, Sergei and I were already making fun of us because we had already taken the world, but we were not yet champions inside our country. Somehow they began to count – Kiyankin and Lokyaev are already two-time champions, Kabaloev Vitaly has already won gold three times. And I congratulate them every time and envy them.

– Throughout the entire Olympic cycle, wrestlers from region-13 invariably dominated in weight up to 67 kg. Suffice it to say that for three years in a row the finals turned out to be purely Mordovian. Zaur Kabaloev, Alexey Kiyankin and your brother Maxim – are they still your competitors or can it be called teamwork to win a ticket for Mordovia?

– We have an individual sport. Behind the carpet, of course, we support each other. We prompt each other, we give advice on rivals. But if we go out against each other on the carpet: ours is not ours – do not stand on the road! Who is more worthy, who trained more, he wins. Our only rule is that we never fight with our brother and never will. If the tournament bracket brings us together, of course, we will consult with the coaches, and we will do as they decide. But there is no real rivalry between us. All our victories are common, we are one family, and what I achieve is the merit of my brother. We have everything in common. And by the atmosphere inside the Mordovia national team, I can say that I really like our close-knit team. Everyone supports each other, kneads, if necessary. It is very valuable, and I am very pleased to be in such a team.

– The semifinals and the final with your participation did not work out bright. Fans, accustomed to the devastating victories of Artem Surkov, immediately spoke that you were not in shape. How do you evaluate your condition to date?

– The preparation was good, I felt good. Thanks to my coach Viktor Georgievich Ermoshin, who did not go to Rostov-on-Don, but was constantly with us in Saransk. I started with a convincing victory, and the fact that there was no large account in the final in the final and in the final, so the rivals were high there. Azamat Akhmetov is constantly in the three at the championships of Russia, Nazir Abdullaev – the owner of the World Cup, the second at the European Championship was. In addition, we are now constantly fighting each other at the training camp with these guys. And imagine how we have already been injured? We know all the strengths and weaknesses from each other. There is nothing to surprise each other. And for the audience, such contractions may not be very spectacular, but victories in them are much more complicated. When you lead 7-1, it is psychologically easier for you. And if the score is 2-0, it is enough to stumble. And there is sweat and blood on the carpet. He fell, and they immediately give you 2 points. At any moment, everything can turn over, and the bets are high. So I can understand the audience, but for fighters such victories is even more valuable than the defeat.

– You earned your points in the final for activity. Was it part of your plan?

– Nazir in the ground is strong. Therefore, I went out with the mood, not stop from the first and until the last second. In the first period, it was necessary to earn a point for activity and try to do something from above. In the second period, it was also necessary to turn on, so that even if the activity was given to the opponent, he was not so fresh. The tactics were like that.

– With the account of 2-0, in your favor, the judges applied a new rule and put you on the stalls already. How do you feel about such an innovation?

– We learned about the new rules already at the championship. And it looks fair. Previously, if the wrestler led two points and ran away in the end, they made a remark and punished him with one point, but left their opponents in the rack, and few people got and compared the score. And now they don’t punish the passive with a point, but they put it in the ground, and the one who loses has a real chance to roll or fulfill some other trick. And the past championship showed that this rule makes us fight to the end. So the struggle will now only be more spectacular.

– After the victory at the championship of Russia, it is difficult to imagine the circumstances in which the coaches of the national team could replace you with someone in the Olympic team. Mentally are you already in Tokyo?

– It’s too early to say that. At the last Olympics, I also won the license. But at the pre -Olympic championship of Russia he lost, and at the penultimate collection received a break in the knee, although before that he had never been injured throughout his career. So I don't want to make a guess. I know for sure that you can’t relax.Ahead of the European Championship, international tournaments, which also need to be proven. A small mistake can lead to what they say that he was not ready, relaxed, lost their shape in six months, they can be sent to estimates with competitors. So no thoughts about Tokyo. That's when we sit on the plane, then maybe we’ll think about it. In the meantime, we continue to train and go to our goal.