Magomed Eldarov, a student in the academic programme ‘Petroleum Engineering’ at St Petersburg University, did well at the Russian arm-wrestling championship in the city of Oryol.

The University student took first place among juniors under 21 years old in the 70 kg weight category in wrestling on the right hand and won silver in the combined double event. As part of the country’s national arm wrestling team, Magomed Eldarov will represent Russia at the World Championships, which will be held in September 2021.

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‘Due to the pandemic, many international and domestic competitions have been cancelled. The athletes have not had an opportunity to organise regular training and return to the previous amount of training load for a long time. It is a pleasure to see that, despite the restrictions, our athletes were able not only to stay in shape, but also to improve their results,’ said Aleksandr Babich, Vice-Rector for Student Affairs and Admissions at St Petersburg University. ‘We congratulate Magomed on his victory at the Russian championship and wish him new successes and achievements at the European and world championships’.

Magomed Eldarov is the gold medallist of the 3rd All-Russian open tournament ‘In memory of Aslanbek Enaldiev’, and the winner of the silver medals of the 2019 World Championship in wrestling with both hands and the All-Russian tournament ‘Baltic Cup’. Also, in 2019, the University student took third place in the overall standings of the Russian championship among juniors under 18.

Last spring, in an interview for the St Petersburg University portal, Magomed Eldarov spoke about his home workouts and what exercises he was doing to compensate for the exercises on a special arm wrestling simulator. The athlete shared with University students simple and easy-tofollow lifehacks on how to stay in shape during the lockdown and maintain a positive thinking. In the midst of the pandemic, Magomed Eldarov shared with University students the secrets of staying in shape during the lockdown: ‘How to stay in shape and not to be down in the dumps during the lockdown. Lifehacks from the champion’.