Intense battle for top medal count at Riyadh 2023 Combat Games
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – Heading into the 11th day of the Riyadh 2023 World Combat Games, the competition was fierce among Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Saudi Arabia to claim the top medal count. Ukraine emerged as the leader with 53 medals (21 gold, 17 silver, 15 bronze), followed closely by Saudi Arabia with 51 medals (12 gold, 20 silver, 19 bronze), and Kazakhstan in third place with 48 medals (12 gold, 13 silver, 23 bronze).
The final day featured competitions in Muaythai, Taekwondo, Savate, and Kendo at the King Saud University Arena.
In Muaythai, athletes from various countries earned gold medals in multiple weight divisions. Team Australia secured two first-place finishes, and Independent Neutral Athletes took the men's -71kg and -91kg classes.
The Taekwondo competition concluded with men's and women's individual Poomsae and Mixed Kyorugi Team action. Gold medals went to athletes from the Philippines and South Korea.
France dominated the Savate competition, with six gold medals and two silver medals in various weight categories. French athletes excelled in both Assaut and Combat categories.
In Kendo, medals were awarded a day earlier, and Day 11 featured demonstrations and team exhibitions, including Kendo Kata and mixed team exhibitions.
The World Combat Games celebrated the best athletes in combat sports and martial arts, with over 1,500 athletes from 120+ countries competing in 16 disciplines.
The event aimed to promote international recognition and encourage participation in combat sports while advancing public health and wellness agendas.
For more information about the Riyadh 2023 World Combat Games, visit the official website.