Beimbet KANZHANOV:

"This medal has been my dream for 15 years"

World champion 2015 in weight category under 52 kg among men
1. Please recall and describe the emotions you felt when you became a world SAMBO champion in 2015.

"My emotions were really positive, probably indescribable... I had a sense of elation, euphoria and pride of my country."

2. How did they congratulate you? What do you remember most?

"When I returned home, I was met at the airport by my family, fans, staff from the Sports Department and the School of High Sports Mastery, and, of course, trainers and athletes from the Zhas Sunkar school where I train. There were a lot of impressions, but the most memorable one was the look of pride and joy in the eyes of my grandmother and my father, who is also my coach."

3. How has your life changed in the year since the last world championships? Does the status of the world SAMBO champion help you in sports and in everyday life?

"There's been nothing ordinary in my life during this year, but the status of a champion makes you more responsible (young athletes try to imitate you) and keeps you moving forward to new victories."
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4. Where do you keep your gold medal? How important is it for you?

"It is in the place of honor with all my other medals, of course! Because each of my medals means effort, hard work and training.... A world championship medal has been my dream for 15 years."

5. Will you participate in the 2016 World SAMBO Championships in Bulgaria? If yes, how is your training going?

"Yes, of course. I started training right after the World Championships: my coach and I started working on my mistakes. My training is probably going the same way as for all other athletes: workouts, training camps and qualifying competitions."

6. What qualities do you need to become a world SAMBO champion?

"Stamina, perseverance, and the ability to maintain a high level for workouts and competitions. Emotional stability, the ability to focus on a goal, single-mindedness, self-discipline, confidence in your strength, and willpower, of course, are also important.

7. What would you like to say to your fans? And to your opponents?

"To my fans: Thanks for your support and trust. It gives me confidence and strength!

To my opponents: I wish you good luck, but being lucky isn't the most important thing during competitions..."
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