by Andrew Michalak
Photo: Igor Kopcek (EastLabs)
Category not so lucky for last year’s stars. 2015 world champion Denis Ambrus (Slovakia) finished in 5th position, last year’s 4th place winner Dominik Jewiak (Poland) in the 7th place. Only Kazmeir Ali Riza (Turkey) remained in 3rd position. Why this happened? First, unquestionable star from younger class, Dobrynya Evtukhov (Russia) moved to this class and dominated it, winning all three rounds. Evtukhov means in boys fitness the same what Regina Benko in girls categories. He appeared at the 2012 Worlds, winning the gold medal and then, year by year, was adding next “golds” to his collection. This year won his 5th title and will have a chance for the next two as he is only 13 years old.
Last year’s runner-up Haktan Mercan (Turkey) reached the juniors age. But Mexico entered a boy first time and he was a real revelation of these Championships: Ricardo Torres immediately jumped to the runner-up position.
Last year’s 6th place winner Arif Kondoz (Turkey) improved so much that moved to the 4th position, ahead of the former world champion. So, many interesting changes in this category dominated by younger stars. Only Kondoz and Ambrus will leave it next year.