Bulgarian badminton player Gergana Baramova created the impossible and won the gold in women's singles in Summer Deaflympics at Taipei. She defeated China's Wang Meng with 2:1 sets and brought the 5th Olympic medal for Bulgarian team. In the general medals list Bulgaria finished at 28th position with one gold, one silver and three bronze. The success for Bulgarian deaf sport is great. The last gold, won from Bulgarian athlete was in 1981 at the X²V Deaflympics in Koln.
Baramova won first Summer Deaflympics gold for Bulgaria after 28 years
She lost the first set only by 2 points - 21:23. But in the following two sets Baramova showed who is the better player and defeated her rival with 21:16 and 21:14.
For the bronze, 1st seeded Kristina Dovyddaityte (LTU) defeated Olga Shtayger (RUS) with 2:0.
In women's double Baramova and Chapkanova finished at 9th place, the same result was achieved from the mixed double players - Georgieva and Tjankov. In team competition our athletes remained 9th.
Bulgarian wrestlers earned 4 medals
Bulgarian wrestlers, in both styles managed a great success and earned 4 medals at Summer Deaflympics in Taipei. Angel Kremov (under 55 kg) first won silver in Greco-Roman style, then he secured second medal - bronze in Freestyle. Plamen Donchev (60-66 kg) and Ivan Angelov (66-74 kg) also won bronze in Greco-Roman style tournament.
In this way, our athletes supported the BDSF President - Nikolay Nikolov, who prognosticated minimum 3 medals for Bulgarian team before the Summer Deaflympics.
In his first Greco-Roman match, Kremov run over Berchtold (AUT) with 10:0. The second victim was Ryenchinjav (MGL), who was defeated with 11:8. So, Kremov reached the final, but he did not manage to find suitable weapon against Iranian Mechdi Bakhshi and lost with 3:16. In Freestyle, Kremov started with big lost - 0:14 from Basaran (TUR). But in the next match the Bulgarian wrestler achieved minimum win with 10:9 against Shankar (IND). In the repechage Kremov was strong and won the bronze - win over Maistrenka (BLR) 4:1.
Bulgarian first medalists from Taipei - Plamen Donchev (left) and Angel Kremov
Plamen Donchev started in Greco-Roman style with win - 9:0 over Garrels (USA), but in the semifinal he lost with 0:4 from Ozcan (TUR). In the repechage Donchev, who is bronze medalist from WC Yerevan defeated Zaraiski (BLR) and took the 3rd place.
The road of Ivan Angelov to the broze was similar: win over Adamian (BLR), lost from the Russian Zaytsev 0:10 and win in the repechage with 5:2 over Hoffer (USA).
Angel Kremov (left) won two medals - silver and bronze
The beginning of the final match was difficult for our player, which was seeded 3rd.