Japan won two gold medals on the second day of action at the Asian Wrestling Championships in India’s capital New Delhi but also suffered defeats in the three other finals at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex.
Kenichiro Fumita beat Kazakhstan’s Mirambek Ainagulov 2-1 in the Greco-Roman 59 kilograms final and Takeshi Izumi defeated Iran’s Afshin Nemat Byabangard by the same scoreline to take the Greco-Roman 71kg crown.
The 59kg bronze medals were won by Iran’s Saman Morad Abdouvali and North Korea’s Sin Myong Ri at the expense of Kyrgyzstan’s Kaly Sulaimanov and China’s Li Jiang respectively.
South Korea’s Jihun Kim overcame Thailand’s Peerapol Sirithong in one of the two 71kg bronze medal matches and was joined on the third step of the podium by Kyrgyzstan’s Nurgazy Asangulov.
He proved too strong for India’s Deepak Deepak.
The one other Greco-Roman final, that in the 85kg category, saw Iran’s Hossein Ahmad Nouri overcome Japan’s Atsushi Matsumoto 4-2.
In the bronze medal matches, China’s Fei Peng beat Kazakhstan’s Azamat Kustubayev and India’s Kumar Anil defeated Uzbekistan’s Muhammadali Shamsiddinov.
There was also heartache for Japan in women’s wrestling as Ayana Gempei suffered a 7-2 loss to Mongolia’s Battsetseg Soronzonbold in the 63kg final.
Masako Furuichi then fell to an 8-1 defeat at the hands of China’s Paliha Paliha in the 75kg final.
China’s Xiaoqian Wang beat North Korea’s Yunsim Ri in their 63kg bronze medal contest and the other was won by South Korea’s Jinyoung Hang ahead of India’s Ritu Ritu.
At 75kg, the sole bronze medallist was Kazakhstan’s Gulmaral Yerkebayeva with Mongolia’s Urtnasan Gan Ochir just missing out.
The event is due to continue tomorrow when medals will be awarded in the women’s 48kg, 53kg, 55kg, 60kg and 69kg categories.