Russia and Belarus proved themselves to be the dominant forces in Sambo, as they won seven of the eight golds on offer and filled the top two places in the medals table, way ahead of every other country. The other gold medal went to Serbia's Ivana Jandric.
Before competition started, Belarusian sambist Andrei Kazusionak said, "Russia rate this event even higher than the world championships and have chosen all their top-ranked athletes. They will have a formidable team." Unfortunately for him, he was right.
Had he won his -90kg final it would have put Belarus level with Russia - for a while - on three golds apiece. But he lost to three-time world champion Alsim Chernoskulov, and the Russians eventually finished with a 100% record, winning all five gold-medal matches and all three bronze-medal contests in which their athletes competed.