Come and get it: Szabo (GER) v Yakimenko (RUS)

More today from the wonderful Germany v Russia team semifinal at the 2014 world champs, and a bit more resolution-fodder: this time it’s flexibility training.

As discussed previously, Alexey Yakimenko is a bit of a beast in the 4m. Matyas Szabo, already faced with a deficit in the third leg of the match, decided to go with a simple strategy: Run away. He either pushed for simul or abandoned the 4m completely, and with the exception of a couple of mistakes by Yakimenko in the 4, it was on the retreat where Szabo got his results. There were a couple of neat stop hits, but the stand-outs were a pair of spectacular Heroic Last Stand-type parries, where he went back just a little bit further than Yakimenko was expecting:

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After getting limbered up with that, he decided to do the same thing again, only more so:

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Awwwwwwwww yeah. Epic.

If you missed it yesterday, the whole match is on YouTube:

Go work on your front splits while you’re watching it.

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