ASTANA (April 25) – Yarygin Grand Prix winner Yurika ITO (JPN) and world bronze medalist Sara DOSHO (JPN) won gold medals while Hikari SUGAWARA (JPN) and Haruka SATO (JPN) added a pair of bronze for Japan on Day Three of the Asian championships.
Ito defeated local favorite Ekaterina LARIONOVA (KAZ), also a bronze medal winner at the world meet, in the semifinals at 63kg and then stopped Chinese newcomer HAN Yingyan (CHN) in the final. It was Ito’s second victory at the Asian championships, following her initial triumph in 2010.
Dosho, meanwhile, defeated Yarygin Grand Prix bronze medalist SHARKUU Tumentsetseg (MGL), 8-1, in the 69kg final for Japan’s second gold medal of the day and third of the championships.
At 53kg, World University Games champion Sugawara fell to 2012 junior world runner-up ZHONG Xuechun (CHN) in the semifinals, but bounced back against London Olympian Jyldyz ESHIMOVA (KAZ) for a 3-2 win and bronze medal.
At 60kg, Sato was pinned in the semifinals by junior Asia champion Aisuluu TYNYBEKOVA (KGZ) but rebounded for a win against NGUYEN Thi Vinh (VIE) in the bronze medal final.
Japan’s fifth entry on Day Three, three-time junior Asia champion Chiho HAMADA (JPN) fell to World Cup team member GUAN Yajing (CHN) in the quarterfinals and had to settle for seventh place in her first senior-level Asia championships.
53kg –SUGAWARA, Hikari (Bronze, 9 entries)
R1 – bye
R2 – lost to ZHONG Xuechun (CHN) by TF, 3-14
F3 – df. Jyldyz ESHIMOVA (KAZ), 3-2
55kg – HAMADA, Chiho (7th, 10 entries)
R1 – df. Seo SLIPHI (IND) by fall, 1P (7-0)
R2 – lost to GUAN Yajing (CHN), 5-11
60kg – SATO, Haruka (Bronze, 9 entries)
R1 – df. Olga KALININA (KAZ) by fall, 1P (2-0)
R2 – df. HOU Min-wen (TWN), 5-5 (criteria)
SF – lost to Aisuluu TYNYBEKOVA (KGZ) by fall, 1P (0-8)
F3 – df. NGUYEN Thi Vinh (VIE) by fall, 1P (10-0)
63kg – ITO, Yurika (Gold, 10 entries)
R1 – df. BURNEEBAATAR Nyamgerel (MGL) by TF, 10-0
R2 – df. LY Thi Hien (VIE) by fall, 1P (5-1)
SF – df. Ekaterina LARIONOVA (KAZ) by fall, 1P (10-3)
F1 – df. HAN Yingyan (CHN), 8-4
69kg – DOSHO, Sara (Gold, 8 entries)
R1 – df. YANG Bin (CHN), 7-4
SF – df. Kaur NAVJOT (IND) by TF, 10-0
F1 – df. SHARKHUU Tumentsetseg (MGL), 8-1