World Championships in Boxing, Artistic Gymnastics, Weightlifting and Archery came to the fore

Belgium, Kazakhstan, Poland and Turkey were the countries that hosted October’s major competitions in four Olympic sports

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Ruslam Albegov’s Russia (pictured) took first place in the 2013 World Weightlifting Championships   (Photo:
Ruslam Albegov’s Russia (pictured) took first place in the 2013 World Weightlifting Championships (Photo:

World Championships in four Olympic sports rocked October. Earlier this month, there were the 2013 World Archery Championships in Antalya, Turkey, and the2013 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Antwerp, Belgium. On 16-27 October, Wroclaw, Poland, hosted the year’s main Weightlifting competition. And on 11-27 October, Almaty, the capital of Kazakhstan until 1997 (it is now Astana) hosted the AIBA World Boxing Championships.

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Byrzan Zakhipov (right), from Kazakhstan, won the gold medal in the lightest Olympic Boxing weight class (less than 49 kg). The Asian country dominated the medal table with eight medals, including four golds. Cuba ranked second with two golds in a total of five medals. David Rodriguez won the first medal in the history of World Championships to Costa Rica (Photo: Scott Heavey / Getty Images)


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London 2012 Olympic champion Arthur Zanetti, from Brazil, won the world title in Rings in Antwerp. That was Brazil’s only medal in the competition. In the general medal table, Kohei Uchimura’s Japan took first place with seven medals in total (four golds), and the United States finished second with a total of 12 medals, including three golds. (Photo: Dean Mouhtaropoulos / Getty Images)


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Olympic Champion in the team and bronze in the individual events in Beijing 2008, South Korean Yun Ok-Hee was one of the highlights of the World Archery Championships that were held in Turkey. In the individual competition’s quarter-finals, she defeated Brazilian Sarah Nikitin, who broke the national record with 1,336 points during the competition and ended her participation in eighth place overall (Photo: Lintao Zhang / Getty Images)

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