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By William May
(Japan Amateur Wrestling Federation, Public Information Committee:wmay52@hotmail.com


NEW DELHI (May 15) – Norikatsu Saikawa racked up three wins against wrestlers from republics of the old Soviet Union, but had to settle for a silver medal at 84kg on the penultimate day of the Asian wrestling championships.

Saikawa opened with win against former junior world champ Yanarbek Kenyaev (KGZ) at Indira Gandhi Sports Complex, then edged Golden Grand Prix runner-up Jahondir Muminov (UZB) and came from behind to beat junior world silver medalist Alkhazur Ozdiyev (KAZ) by fall in the semifinals.

In the final, however, Saikawa struggled to find the key against Asia junior champion Lee Se-Yeol (KOR) and was dropped to his back on a bodylock attempt that decided the match late in the third period.

Japan's other three entries on the day managed only one more win as Hirokazu Shinjo upended 2006 Asian Games gold medalist Kim Gwang-Seok (KOR) in his opening match at 120kg. Shinjo, however, lost in the quarterfinals to unheralded
Murodjon Tuychiev (TJK) and had to settle for seventh place.


55kg – MINEMURA, Ryo (9th, 12 entries)
R1 – bye
R2 – lost to Choe Chol-Su (PRK), 1-2 (2-0, 0-2, 0-2)
(Choe lost in the semifinals, eliminating Minemura)

66kg – SHIMIZU, Hiroyuki (13th, 13 entries)
R1 – bye
R2 – lost to Aibek Yensekhanov (KAZ), 0-2 (0-1, 0-5)
r1 – lost to Rana Sunil (IND), 0-2 (0-3, 0-1)

84kg – SAIKAWA, Norikatsu (2nd, 10 entries)
R1 – df. Yanarbek Kenyaev (KGZ), 2-0 (4-0, 2x-2=last)
R2 – df. Jahondir Muminov (UZB), 2-0 (1-0, 1-0)
SF – df. Alkhazur Ozdiyev (KAZ) by fall, 3P (0-3, 3-1, F7-0)
F1 – lost to Lee Se-Yeol (KOR), 1-2 (0-1, 2-0, 0-4)

120kg – SHINJO, Hirokazu (7th, 10 entries)
R1 – df. Kim Gwang-Seok (KOR), 2-1 (0-1, 1-0, 1-0)
R2 – lost to Murodjon Tuychiev (TJK), 0-2 (0-1, 0-2)
(Tuychiev lost in the semifinals, eliminating Shinjo)

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