By T.R. Foley/FILA
NANJING, China (August 26) – Son Hyang KIM (PRK) walked into the second period of her 46kg gold medal match Tuesday winning by eight points. One more takedown and Kim would’ve won the title by technical superiority, but Mongolia’s Dulguun BOLORMAA opened the second by throwing Kim to her back to earn four points.
Kim squirmed free of the potential fall and scrambled to her feet. A few moments later the young wrestler had secured the gold, 9-5.
Despite the early final theatrics, Kim’s scare was the closest that any champion came to ruining their perfect day of wrestling at the Longjiang Arena in Nanjing.
In the night’s second finale Japanese wrestler Mayu MUKAIDA defeated 2014 cadet world silver medalist Leyla GURBANOVA (AZE), 9-2. Mukaida was spectacular in her attacks using a fireman’s carry from her knees to set-up consecutive leg laces – a move she’d used in earlier matches to earn quick technical superiorities.
Grace Jacob BULLEN (NOR) had the unenviable task of wrestling home country hero Xingru PEI (CHN) in the 60kg finals. Though ceding the local mat, Bullen was buoyed by a vocal contingent of Youth Olympic Game athletes, coaches and administrators form her home country. After two throws, the 2014 Cadet world champion added a Youth Olympic gold medal to her mantle by TF, 10-0.
In the final match of the night, Russia’s Daria SHISTEROVA needed less than a minute to dispatch of Turkey’s Tugba KILIC. The 70kg wrestler used a throw after the whistle to secure Kilic’s back to the mat and win by fall.
Overall, there were 12 medals awarded for female wrestling on Tuesday night, with 12 separate nations taking home Youth Olympic hardware.
Wrestling at the Youth Olympic Games concludes tomorrow with men’s freestyle qualifications rounds (10:00-13:00) and finals (17:00-19:00).
GOLD: Son Hyang KIM (PRK) df. Dulguun BOLORMAA (MGL), 9-4
BRONZE: Tatiano DONCILA (MDA) df. Adrianny CASTILLO (VEN), 6-4
FIFTH: Khadidja KADOUR (ALG) df. Marinda BRAMLEY (NZL) by FALL
SEVENTH: Ina ROIK (BLR)
GOLD: Mayu MUKAIDA (JPN) df. Leyla GURBANOVA (AZE), 9-2
BRONZE: Olena KREMZER (UKR) df. Habiba ISMAIL (EGY) by FALL
FIFTH: Shakhodat DJULLIBAEVA (UZB) df. Tianna KENNETT (CAN) by TF, 12-2
SEVENTH: Srey Mao DORN (CAM) df. Mayra Elizabeth VASQUEZ (ESA) by TF, 10-0
GOLD: Grace Jacob BULLEN (NOR) v. Xingru PEI (CHN) by TF, 10-0
BRONZE: Koumba Selene LARROQUE (FRA) df. Sandy Yalixa PARRA (COL) by TF, 10-0
FIFTH: Resham ANIL MANE (IND) df. Leanco STANS (RSA), 8-0
SEVENTH: Mia-Lahnee Ramos AQUINO (GUM) v. Noelle MBOUMA NANDZO (CGO) by forfeit
GOLD: Daria SHISTEROVA (RUS) df. Tugba KILIC (TUR) by FALL
BRONZE: Natalia STRZALKA (POL) df. Chae-Rin PARK (KOR) by FALL
FIFTH: Leonela AYOVI PARRAGA (ECU) df. Ilania KEJU (MHL) by FALL
SEVENTH: Merey DUISENOVA (KAZ) df. Amy YOUIN (CIV), 8-2
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