To Our Friends in Wrestling Around the world


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


   TUNIS (March 7) - Results of championship bracket bouts at the first women's wrestling Olympic qualification tournament at El Menzah Sports Palace in Tunis (Note: Top three wrestlers qualify for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens):

48 kg (30 entries)

Championship final
Brigitte Wagner (GER) df. Lilia Kaskarakova (RUS), 3-0, 6:51

Third-place final
Mayelis Caripa (VEN) df. Lidiya Karamchakova (TJK) on criteria, 4-4, 9:00

Lilia Kaskarakova (RUS) df. Mayelis Caripa (VEN), 5-4
Brigitte Wagner (GER) df. Lidiya Karamchakova (TJK) by fall, 1:53 (3-2)

Lilia Kaskarakova (RUS) df. Tsogtbazar Enkhjargal (MGL), 9-5
Mayelis Caripa (VEN) df. Francine de Paola (ITA) by injury default, 4:59 (7-6)
Brigitte Wagner (GER) df. Belinda Chou (TPE), 6-1
Lidiya Karamchakova (TJK) df. Guadalupe Perez (MEX), 6-0

Qualification round
Tsogtbazar Enkhjargal (MGL) df. Joanna Piasecka (POL), 4-3, 6:29
Lilia Kaskarakova (RUS) df. Sammy Oziti (NGR), 9-3

55 kg (27 entries)

Championship final
Lee Na-Lae (KOR) df. Diletta Giampiccolo (ITA) by fall, 5:12 (6-0)

Third-place final
Tatyana Lazareva (UKR) df. Ida-Theres Karlsson (SWE) by fall, 1:03 (6-0)

Diletta Giampiccolo (ITA) df. Ida-Theres Karlsson (SWE), 5-0
Lee Na-Lae (KOR) df. Tatyana Lazareva (UKR), 4-2

Ida-Theres Karlsson (SWE) df. Anna Gomis (FRA), 4-0, 6:16
Diletta Giampiccolo (ITA) df. Tonya Verbeek (CAN), 5-0
Lee Na-Lae (KOR) df. Volha Serbina (BLR), 3-0
Tatyana Lazareva (UKR) df. Oyins Tangi (NGR), 6-1

Qualification round
Anna Gomis (FRA) df. Minerva Montero Perez (ESP) by default, 0:00

63 kg (27 entries)

Championship final
Meng Lili (CHN) df. Sara Eriksson (SWE), 4-2

Third-place final
Natalia Ivanova (TJK) df. Stephanie Gross (GER), 7-1

Sara Eriksson (SWE) df. Natalia Ivanova (TJK) on criteria, 3-3, 9:00
Meng Lili (CHN) df. Stephanie Gross (GER) by TF, 10-0, 3:22

Sara Eriksson (SWE) df. Juliana Borges (BRA) by fall, 0:29 (3-0)
Natalia Ivanova (TJK) df. Soumaia Ben Sassi (TUN), 5-0
Meng Lili (CHN) df. Myagmarsuren Ochirbat (MGL) by fall, 0:41 (2-0)
Stephanie Gross (GER) df. Lise Legrand (FRA) on criteria, 3-3, 9:00

Qualification round
Sara Eriksson (SWE) df. Aurora Fajardo (ESP), 5-1

72 kg (21 entries)

Championship final
Christine Nordhagen (CAN) df. Svetlana Sayenko (UKR), 3-2

Third-place final
Gouzel Maniourova (RUS) df. Helen Opara (NGR) by fall, 2:53 (6-0)

Christine Nordhagen (CAN) df. Gouzel Maniourova (RUS) by TF, 11-1, 4:49
Svetlana Sayenko (UKR) df. Helen Opara (NGR), 8-4

Quarterfinals (Three bouts)
Gouzel Maniourova (RUS) df. Marie Nicole Diedhiou (SEN) by TF, 11-1, 2:50
Christine Nordhagen (CAN) df. Monika Kowalska (POL) by TF, 11-0, 2:51
Svetlana Sayenko (UKR) df. Marina Gastl (AUT) by fall, 4:21 (5-0)
Helen Opara (NGR) - bye