April 27 - Yerulan Iskakov needed only 28 seconds to secure gold and help hosts Kazakhstan claim the Greco-Roman team title at the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA) Asian Wrestling Championships at the Daulet Sports Complex in Astana.
Isakov exploded from the blocks and found a quick lift and set of turns to tie up his Japanese opponent Akira Osaka in the 98 kilogram final.
Yesterday saw Nursultan Tursunov and Maxat Erezhepov pick up gold and silver medals respectively for the home nation and, along with Isakov, Aibek Yensekhanov and Azamat Kostubayev picked up two bronze medals today, to ensure Kazakhstan finished top of the standings on 63 points, six ahead of Kyrgyzstan.
Ruslan Tsarev claimed the first of two gold medals for Kyrgyzstan on the final day of action in Astana after overcoming Tajikistan's Husarav Obloberdiev in the 66kg decider with Yensekhanov and South Korea's Hansu Ryu taking the bronze medals.
Kyrgyzstan's second gold came from Zhanarbek Kenzeev, who earned a first period fall over Iranian Ghaderian Yousef in the 80kg category.
The bronze medals went to Kostubayev and South Korean Kim Junehyoung whose opponent Jakhongir Muminov of Uzbekistan was forced to retire with an injury.
An emotional Kim Hyeonwoo ensured at least one gold for South Korea on the final day as he put in a superb performance against Japan's Takehiro Kanakubo to take his third Asian crown at 75kg.
The reigning Olympic and world champion wore a black armband during the medal ceremony to honour the lives lost in the recent ferry disaster in his home country.
"It was very hard to prepare for the tournament," said Kim.
"Our team has felt this tragedy very close to our hearts.
"I hope that our wrestling can bring some small happiness to the [South] Korean people."
Iranian Abdvali Saeid and China's Bin Yang won bronze, while the final gold medal of the Championships was awarded to 130kg wrestler Mehdizadeh Aryatapeh Behnam of Iran after his Kyrgyzstani opponent Murat Romanov was disqualified for picking up too many cautions.
That win helped Iran to finish in third place overall on 53 points.
The 130kg bronze medals went to Kim Yongmin of South Korea and Uzbekistan's Abror Mamasaliev.
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