It has been a successful weekend for the Hungarian female wrestling team; at an international competition held in Poland, the girls won a total of seventeen medals, with Emese Barka (58 kg) and Noémi Szenttamási (48 kg) coming first in Olympic weight classes. However, as World Championship bronze medalist Ms. Barka’s words prove, life does not come to a halt here: the clothes she washed after arriving home on Sunday will dry only in Bulgaria.
According to the Hungarian Wrestling Association, ten countries took part in the female competition organised in Czarny Bór, Poland; in addition to the hosts and Hungary, these were the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Lithuania, Germany, Norway, Italy and Sweden. The Hungarian team, which arrived in one full-up bus, outdid itself: among adults, Emese Barka (58 kg) and Noémi Szenttamási (48 kg) came first in their respective weight classes; Mercédesz Dénes (53 kg) and Gabriella Sleisz (63 kg) won silvers and Ramóna Galambos (58 kg), Szimonetta Jäger (58 kg), Eliána Szabó (63 kg), Veronika Klein (69 kg) and Zsanett Németh (75 kg) were awarded bronze medals. As Olympic weight classes in female wrestling are 48, 53, 58, 63, 69 and 75 kilogrammes, the results achieved by the Hungarian team are especially valuable even though no world-class wrestlers were among beaten opponents.
As Emese Barka, who won a bronze medal at last year’s World Championships in Budapest in the 55 kg weight class, explained, “this competition is not included in the official schedule of the internatiomnal association and rules vary from the regular. […] I cannot complain now because on Monday, I’m heading off to a ten-day training camp in Bulgaria. I washed my clothes Sunday night but they will only dry in Bulgaria, that’s where I’ll have to hang them out”, the wrestler, who plays for the Budapest team Vasas, explained.