To Our Friends in Wrestling Around the world


By William May
(Japan Amateur Wrestling Federation, Public Information Committee
Kyodo World Services, senior sports


   ATHENS (August 29) - Results of bouts involving Japanese entries in the sixth and final session of the freestyle wrestling competition August 27-29 at Ano Liossia Olympic Hall:

60 kg (19 entries, 6 pools) - INOUE, Kenji

Pool F
1R - lost to Damir Zakhartidonov (UZB), 3-2
2R - df. Jung Young-Ho (KOR), 7-2
3R - df. Lubos Cikel (AUT) by TF, 13-0, 5:41
SF - lost to Masoud Jokar (IRI), 5-4, 6:28
F3 - df. Vasyl Fedoryshin (UKR), 6-5, 6:45

   Inoue opened with a pair of underarm spin attempts, but did not score. Fedoryshin took a 3-0 lead with a one-arm shoulder throw, but Inoue answered with a fireman痴 carry as the first period ended 3-3. Inoue edged ahead with a single-leg takedown, but Fedoryshin came out on top on a failed gut wrench that left the wrestlers at 4-4. At 5:18, Inoue surrendered a takedown and a point, but knotted the score again at 5:39 with a single=leg takedown of his own. Inoue, who has never been a national champion in Japan or even a national team member until this spring, secured the bronze medal with a single-leg at 6:45. Coupled with a bronze medal won by Chikara Tanabe the previous night, it is the first time since the 1988 Seoul Olympics that Japan has won more than one medal in wrestling at an Olympic Games.