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


MOSCOW (September 9) – Soronzonbold Battsetseg (MGL) won Mongolia's first gold medal in women's wrestling on the fourth day of the wrestling world championships in Moscow.

Soronzonbold defeated junior world champion Zhang Lan (CHN) 2-0 in the women's 59kg final at Olympiysky Sports Complex, avenging a loss to Zhang at the junior world meet in Budapest in July. Soronzonbold took the first period by throwing Zhang to her back as both wrestlers fell out of bounds late in the stanza. In the second, she countered Zhang's double-leg attempt and whipped her opponent to her back for a nearfall and the win.

Soronzonbold's win capped an incredible day for the wrestler finished fifth at the junior worlds. On her way to the final, the 20-year-old defeated two-time Olympic medalist Tonya Verbeek (CAN) and four-time world champion Ayako Shoda (JPN).

Shoda later defeated Verbeek for one of the bronze medals at 59kg, while Johanna Mattsson (SWE) claimed her first senior world medal with the other bronze.

In the other weights contested on the fourth day of the championships, Saori Yoshida (JPN) won her eighth straight world championship title at 55kg and Kaori Icho won her sixth world crown at 63kg. Yoshida and Icho both own a pair of Olympic gold medals.

Also at 55kg, Anna Gomis (FRA), who turns 37 in October, won her first world-level medal since winning a bronze medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics. Gomis is a four-time world champion, whose last world title was in 1999. Also at 63kg, 2009 junior world champion Hanna Johansson (SWE) won her first senior world medal with a bronze, while two-time world silver medalist Lyubov Volossova (RUS) had to scramble to win a bronze medal against surprising Katerina Vidiaux Lopez (CUB).

Vidiaux Lopez was only the second entry in the women's events at the world championships and was seeking to become the country's first world medalist.

Women's freestyle competition continues on September 10 with action at 67kg and 72kg. Men's freestyle also gets under way with the 55kg weight category.


Women's freestyle
55kg (23 entries)
F1 – Saori Yoshida (JPN) df. Yuliya Ratkevich (AZE), 2-0 (2-0, 6-0=0:36)
F3 – Anna Gomis (FRA) df. Aiym Abdildina (KAZ), 2-1 (0-1, 2-0=2:15, 8-0=1:38)
F3 – Tatiana Suarez (USA) df. Maria Gurova (RUS) by fall, 2P=1:44 (1x-1=last, F4-0)
SF – Ratkevich (AZE) df. Gomis (FRA), 2-0 (8-0, 6-0)
SF – Yoshida (JPN) df. Gurova (RUS), 2-0 (5-0, 3-0)

59kg (22 entries)
F1 – Soronzonbold Battsetseg (MGL) df. Zhang Lan (CHN), 2-0 (4-0, 4-0)
F3 – Ayako Shoda (JPN) df. Tonya Verbeek (CAN), 2-0 (1-0, 1x-1=last point)
F3 – Johanna Mattsson (SWE) df. Kelsey Campbell (USA) by fall, 1P=1:24 (F4-0)
SF – Soronzonbold (MGL) df. Shoda (JPN), 2-1 (0-2=2:03, 3x-3=last, 5-3)
SF – Zhang (CHN) df. Campbell (USA) by fall, 2P (1-0, F4-0)

63kg (28 entries)
F1 – Kaori Icho (JPN) df. Elena Pirozhkova (USA), 2-0 (1x-1=last point, 3-0)
F3 – Hanna Johansson (SWE) df. Marianna Sastin (HUN), 2-0 (1-0=2:05, 1-0=2:10)
F3 – Lubov Volosova (RUS) df. Katerina Vidiaux Lopez (CUB) by fall, 2P=1:22 (0-3, F4-1)
SF – Icho (JPN) df. Sastin (HUN), 2-0 (1-0, 4-0)
SF – Pirozhkova (USA) df. Volosova (RUS), 2-0 (1-0, 1-0)

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