Japan dominated the first day of women's competition at the Cadet Wrestling World Championships  ©UWW

Japan dominated the opening day of women's events at the Cadet Wrestling World Championships, claiming a superb five medals in Sarajevo.

There was golden glory for Yumeka Tanabe at 43 kilogram and Miu Shimizu at 38kg while Saki Igarashi and Kotone Narikuni claimed silvers at 49kg and 56kg respectively. 

The final medal for the Japanese came courtesy of Shiho Tanaka's 65kg bronze on a night to remember for their team at Sports Hall Amel Beckovic in the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Defending champion Tanabe had to come from behind to defeat Mexican Pan American champion Areli Perez Solis in the 43kg final.

She found herself 6-0 adrift before fighting back for a 16-6 victory and was used to doing things the hard way after also surrendering a 6-0 advantage to European champion Stefania Priceputu in the semi-finals.

On that occasion she battled back with takedown to exposure and a tight cross-ankle turn for an 8-6 win.

“I was a little worried [about falling behind], but the first thing I thought was I had to get those points back,” Tanabe said.

“I knew it would be hard but I was still confident that I could win.”

In the 38kg final, Shimizu claimed a 11-1 win over India's Ankush Ankush thanks to a technical fall from double-leg attacks, counters and exposure points.

Igarashi had to settle for silver as Ronna Heaton of the United States spun behind her twice for a 4-0 win in the 49kg final, while Russia's Viktoria Vaulina traded penalty points with Narikuni before getting behind for a 3-1 victory in the 56kg showpiece.

Tanaka's bronze at 65kg came as she saw off Uzbekistan's Bakhtigul Baltaniyazova with a 2-1 win.

Yumeka Tanabe claimed one of Japan's two gold medals
Yumeka Tanabe claimed one of Japan's two gold medals ©UWW

France's Khoumba Larroque celebrated glory in the 65kg division after a commanding win over Russia's Khanum Velieva propelled her to gold in the final.

Larroque, the silver medalist at 60kg one year ago, stormed past Velieva with a series of leg attacks for a 10-0 triumph.

The clock was stopped at 3min 59sec and the champion was understandably delighted after making her victory look easy at times.

"I was very nervous about the bout because I lost to (Velieva) at the Klippan Open [in February]," said Larroque, who is now targeting winning at junior level and hopes to wrestle in next year's qualification events for Rio 2016.

“I think I gained experience over the year and this has given me more confidence.”

In another bronze medal bout of interest, Ukraine born Anastasiya Khorz, who is representing New Zealand, advanced to the bronze medal round at 56kg in an effort to win the Kiwis their first ever medal at the Championships.

However, she came up short against Tatyna Rizhko who was representing the country of her birth, Ukraine.

Competition in women’s wrestling is due to finish tomorrow with bouts at 40kg, 46kg, 52kg, 60kg and 70kg. 

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