His performance at the pre-Olympic test events in Rio de Janeiro was very promising.
This tournament was attended by the strongest athletes, including Olympic ranking leaders. Dmitry Shokin is at the top of the ranking.
Our compatriot confidently beat all rivals in weight category over 87 kg. He experienced difficulties only in the final match versus the United States representative, Jonathan Healey, winning with a minimum margin of 4 : 3.
So far, everything suggests that the Taekwondo Association of Uzbekistan, was not mistaken to bet on Shokin in a difficult choice between Shokin and Baykuzievym, both of whom are world ranking leaders.