GUMI, Korea (February 17) – A trio of Japanese high school stars collected a complete set of medals as the women’s events got under way on the second day of the Asian wrestling championships.
Junior world champion Kanako Murata pinned two of her opponents on her way to the gold medal at 55kg while her teammate at Abe Gakuin high school in Tokyo, Yu Miyahara, snared the silver medal at 51kg. Miyahara, the cadet world champ, lost to 2010 Asia champion Li Hui (CHN) in the final.
Meanwhile, Eri Tosaka of Shigakkan high school in Aichi bounced back for the bronze medal after a first round loss to world No. 3 Zhao Shasha (CHN) at 48kg. In the bronze medal final, Tosaka edged 2010 junior world bronze medalist Narangerel Erdeneshukh (MGL).
Also on the second day of competition, the final two weight categories in greco-roman were contested with Yusuke Yamamoto (96kg) and Shori Maekawa (120kg) falling to a pair of Asian Games bronze medalists to finish in eighth place and fifth place, respectively.
In the final greco-roman team tallies, Japan and Kazakhstan finished tied with 45 points each, but Kazakhstan was awarded fourth place by virtue of Yerbol Konyratov’s gold medal at 60kg on the opening day. The team title went to Iran with 54 points and three champions, followed by China (51, one champion) and Korea (47, two champions).
96kg – YAMAMOTO, Yusuke (8th, 13 entries)
R1 – df. Ashok Kumar (IND), 2-1 (0-1, 3-0, 2-0)
R2 – lost to An Chang-Gun (KOR), 1-2 (2-0, 1-4, 0-1)
120kg – MAEKAWA, Shori (5th, 11 entries)
R1 – df. Rishi Pal (IND), 2-0 (1-0, 1-0)
R2 – df. Chen Wei-lin (TPE), 2-0 (1-0, 2-0)
SF – lost to Kim Yong-Min (KOR), 0-2 (0-1, 0-2)
F3 – lost to Muradyan Tuichiev (TJK), 0-2 (0-2, 0-1)
48kg – TOSAKA, Eri (Bronze, 10 entries)
R1 – lost to Zhao Shasha (CHN), 0-2 (3-6, 1-3)
c1 – df. Nguyen Thi Lua (VIE), 2-0 (6-3, 3-0)
F3 – df. Narangerel Erdeneshukh (MGL), 2-0 (2-0, 3-1)
51kg – MIYAHARA, Yu (Silver, 7 entries)
R1 – df. Rozaliia Tilgenova (KGZ) by fall, 1P (F7-0)
SF – df. Neha Neha (IND), 2-0 (5-3, 4-0)
F1 – lost to Li Hui (CHN), 0-2 (0-1, 2-3)
55kg – MURATA, Kanako (Gold, 9 entries)
R1 – bye
R2 – df. Geeta Geeta (IND) by fall, 1P (F5-2)
SF – df. Sumiya Erdenechimeg (MGL), 2-0 (5-0, 3-0)
F1 – df. Thi Dieu Ninh Tran (VIE) by fall, 2P (1-0, F3-0)