To Our Friends in Wrestling Around the world

By William May
(Japan Amateur Wrestling Federation, Public Information Committee


PATTAYA, Thailand (May 7) - Yoshiko Inoue took the women’s heavyweight division and each of Japan’s four entries in beach wrestling won medals as the Asian senior wrestling championships came to a close. Inoue, who took a bronze medal at 67kg in women’s freestyle, won two matches and lost one in the four-entry round-robin to secure the gold medal in beach wrestling on criteria.

Meanwhile, 63kg champion Mio Nishimaki won three of her four matches to take the silver medal in the women’s lightweight event.

In the men’s competition, Takayuki Suzuki used an effective single-leg attack to advance to the final in the men’s lightweight category, but had to settle for a silver medal after a loss to Mongolia’s Tugjdorj Dorjaanchig.

At heavyweight, Kenzo Sakamoto won three bouts before losing in the final for a silver medal.

With Inoue’s gold medal in beach wrestling, Japanese wrestlers won one gold medal on each day of the championships to finish with a final team tally overall of five gold medals, five silver and five bronze.

Beach wrestling

Women’s lightweight (-70kg) - NISHIMAKI, Mio (2nd, 5 entries)

R1 - lost to Tsumentsegtseg Sharkuu (MGL), 0-2
R2 - df. Miruyert Dynbayeva (KAZ), 2-0
R3 - df. Battsetseg (MGL), 2-0
R4 - df. Odonchimeg Badrakn (MGL), 2-0


Women’s heavyweight (+70kg) - INOUE, Yoshiko (1st, 4 entries)

R1 - df. Sarasan Panpaka (THA), 2-0
R2 - lost to Darya Karpenko (KAZ), 0-2
R3 - df. Burmaa Ochirbat (MGL), 2-0


Men’s lightweight (-85kg) - SUZUKI, Takayuki (2nd, 12 entries)

R1 - df. A. Niyazmencliyew (TKM), 2-0
R2 - df. Mohammad Salman (PAK), 2-0
SF - df. Usman Shahid (PAK), 2-0
F1 - lost to Tugjdorj Dorjaanchig (MGL), 0-2


Men’s heavyweight (+85kg) - SAKAMOTO, Kenzo (2nd, 11 entries)

R1 - df. Mohammad Sabaah (IRQ), 2-0
R2 - df. Lee Jae-Sung (KOR), 2-0
SF - df. Koo Tae-Hyun (KOR, 2-0
F1 - lost to Tugjdorj Dorjaanchig (MGL), 0-2