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 23) - Results of bouts in the women's wrestling competition August 22-23 at Ano Liossia Olympic Hall:

48 kg (14 entries) - ICHO, Chiharu

F1 - Irini Merleni (UKR) df. Icho on criteria, 2-2, 9:00

   In a battle of world champions, Merleni opened the scoring with a fireman's carry and Icho answered with a takedown as the first period ended 1-1. Icho took the lead in the second period with a go-behind, but could
not get the third point to end the match in regulation. Merleni drew even, 2-2, with an underarm spin from the overtime clinch as the two battled evenly over the rest of extra time.

F3 - Patricia Miranda (USA) df. Angelique Berthenet (FRA), 12-4
F5 - Lorisa Oorzhak (RUS) df. Brigitte Wagner (GER), 3-1, 6:39
SF - Icho df. Angelique Berthenet (FRA) by TF, 12-1, 4:10
SF - Irini Merleni (UKR) df. Patricia Miranda (USA), 9-0
55 kg (12 entries) - YOSHIDA, Saori

F1 - Yoshida df. Tonya Verbeek (CAN), 6-0

   Yoshida controlled the pace of the match from the outset, scoring with a single and a double for a 2-0 lead in the first period. Yoshida kept up the attack in the second period on the feet and on the mat for four more
points and the gold medal.

F3 - Anna Gomis (FRA) df. Ida-Theres Karlsson (SWE), 6-0
F5 - Mabel Fonseca (PUR) df. Sun Dongmei (CHN), 8-6, 7:52
SF - Yoshida df. Anna Gomis (FRA), 7-6
SF - Tonya Verbeek (CAN) df. Ida-Theres Karlsson (SWE), 3-1
63 kg (12 entries) - ICHO, Kaori

F1 - Icho df. Sara McMann (USA), 3-2

   Icho's problems with getting started continued as McMann grabbed a two-point lead in the first period. In the second period, however, Icho countered McMann's attempts successfully to knot the score 2-2. Icho scored
the all-important third point in the last 21 seconds with a snap down and go-behind.

F3 - Lise Golliot-Legrand (FRA) df. Stavroula Zygouri (GRE) by fall, 2:04 (10-2)
F5 - Viola Yanik (CAN) df. Volha Khilko (BLR), 5-2
SF - Icho df. Lise Golliot-Legrand (FRA), 4-0
SF - Sara McMann (USA) df. Stavroula Zygouri (GRE) by fall, 0:50
72 kg (12 entries) - HAMAGUCHI, Kyoko

F3 - Hamaguchi df. Svitlana Sayenko (UKR), 4-0

   Hamaguchi grabbed one point at a time for a 4-0 lead in the first period and then went on defense the remainder of the match for the bronze medal.

F1 - Wang Xu (CHN) df. Gouzal Maniourova (RUS), 7-2
F5 - Christine Nordhagen (CAN) df. Anita Schaetzle (GER) by injury default
SF - Wang Xu (CHN) df. Hamaguchi, 6-4
SF - Gouzal Maniourova (RUS) df. Svitlana Sayenko (UKR) by TF, 11-0