Three No. 1’s Win in Europe, No Changes at Top of Women’s Rankings
CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY, Switzerland (May 8) – Three top-ranked wrestlers in the FILA World Rankings won titles at the European championships in April to further cement their claims to being the No.1 wrestlers in women’s freestyle at their respective categories.
World silver medalist Sofia MATTSSON (SWE) and London 2012 Olympic Games gold medalist Natalia VOROBIEVA (RUS) won by fall in the championship finals at 55kg and 69kg, while defending champion at 63kg Anastasija GRIGORJEVA (LAT) opened up in the second period for a 10-2 victory.
Yulia RATKEVICH (AZE), top-ranked at 60kg, was the only No.1 to fall in action in April, but three earlier tournament victories, especially at the Klippan Open in March, were enough to keep the London 2012 bronze medalist in front of the challengers.
Ratkevich lost her quarterfinal bout in Helsinki and did not get a chance to wrestle in the consolation bouts. The London 2012 bronze medalist, however, remains on top of the rankings, in part, because of a semifinal win in Klippan over eventual European champ Johanna MATTSSON (SWE).
Japan’s three world champions – Eri TOSAKA, Saori YOSHIDA and Kaori ICHO – along with world bronze medalist Adeline GRAY (USA) did not compete in April.
Mariya STADNYK (AZE) and Maria GUROVA (RUS) won European titles to firm up positions behind Tosaka at 48kg and Yoshida at 53kg. Risako KAWAI (JPN), meanwhile, took the Asia crown at 58kg but still finds herself at No.2 behind teammate Icho.
Marwa AMRI (TUN) climbed to No.3 at 55kg after winning her sixth African championship while world bronze medalists Valeria KOBLOVA-ZHOLOBOVA (RUS) and Sara DOSHO (JPN) also earned third-place rankings with continental triumphs.
The rankings are listed by the wrestler’s name, country code, the wrestler’s most notable or most recent result, and the wrestler’s position in the previous rankings.
48kg – Mariya STADNYK (AZE) outscored four opponents 46-2 on her way to her fourth European championship crown while keeping pressure on top-ranked Eri TOSAKA (JPN) from her No.2 position.
Medved Prizes winner Tatyana AMANZHOL-BAKATYUK (KAZ) forged three wins by decision to claim her third Asian championship title and climb to No.6 in the rankings.
53kg – Maria GUROVA (RUS) has found 53kg to her liking, notching four wins in Helsinki for her third major title of the year. After similar triumphs at the Yarygin Grand Prix and Klippan Open, the only blemish on Gurova’s record this year is a World Cup setback to Saori YOSHIDA (JPN).
ZHONG Xuechen (CHN), who also lost to Yoshida at the World Cup meet in March, bounced back with a title run at the Asia championships, which she kicked off with a technical fall over University Games gold medalist Hikari SUGAWARA (JPN).
55kg – World silver medalist Sofia MATTSSON (SWE) recorded a pair of first-period falls and a technical to successfully defend her European crown and reassert her position as the premier wrestler at 55kg.
Klippan Ladies Open winner Marwa AMRI (TUN), 10th in last year’s world championships, won her sixth African championship title and climbed to No.3 in the rankings. Newcomer JONG Sun-In (PRK) breaks into the poll at No.9 after winning her first international title at the Asia championships.
58g – Risako KAWAI rode a wave of momentum from the World Cup, where she recorded four wins by technical fall, into Astana and ran over three opponents, 30-7, for the title in her debut at the Asian championships.
World bronze medalist Valeria KOBLOVA-ZHOLOBOVA (RUS) stopped Klippan Open champion Petra OLLI (FIN) in the semifinals on her way to her first European championships title and a No.3 in the rankings.
60kg – Johanna MATTSSON (SWE) capped a steady performance in Helsinki by pinning 2012 junior world silver medalist Hafize SAHIN (TUR) for her first European championship since 2009. In the semifinal, Mattsson, missing in action since early 2012, forged a 7-0 win over two-time world silver medalist Taybe YUSEIN (BUL).
ZHANG Lan (CHN) also returned to action this year after winning the world title in 2012 and won the Asia title by defeating two of her toughest young rivals – SUKHEE Tserenchimed (MGL) and Aisuluu TYNYBEKOVA (KGZ) – by fall.
63kg – Anastasija GRIGORJEVA (LAT) had to scramble off her back in the first period of her opening bout, but was otherwise steady in winning her third European crown and her third tournament title of the year.
Katherine VIDIAUX LOPEZ (CUB), 2013 Pan American runner-up, defeated two-time Olympic bronze medalist Jackeline RENTERIA CASTILLO (COL) in the Central America and Caribbean Games final to break into this year’s rankings at No.11. Renteria Castillo, meanwhile, moved up to No.2 in the rankings behind Grigorjeva.
69kg – London 2012 gold medalist Natalia VOROBIEVA (RUS) pinned 2013 world champion at 67kg Alina MAKHINYA (UKR) and 2013 European runner-up Ilana KRATYSH (ISR) for her second European crown and her second trip to the top of the medals podium at 69kg this year.
Kratysh earned her second silver medal in the European championships after finishing second to Makhinya in Tbilisi last year, vaulting from No.13 to No.4 in the rankings.
World bronze medalist Sara DOSHO (JPN), who defeated Vorobieva in the final of the World Cup meet in March, won the Asia championship with three one-sided wins to improve one place to No.3 in the rankings.
75kg – Five-time world champion Stanka ZLATEVA (BUL) returned to international competition for the first time in 18 months and won her sixth European championship crown. Zlateva outlasted Katerina BURMISTROVA (UKR) in the semifinals and Vasilisa MARSALIUK (BLR) in the final to break into the rankings at No.6.
Medved Prizes winner Marsaliuk advanced from No.6 to No.3, while 2011 European champ Burmistrova earned bronze for a second year in a row for No.12 in the rankings.
Medved Prizes runner-up Gouzel MANYUROVA (KAZ) grabbed her fourth Asian title with a hard-fought 7-6 win over 2012 junior world champ ZHOU Feng (CHN). Zhou defeated defending champion Hiroe SUZUKI (JPN) in the semifinals.
|5||Alyssa LAMPE||United States||4|
|8||Victoria ANTHONY||United States||7|
|17||Carolina CASTILLO HIDALGO||Colombia||14|
|18||Mayelis CARIPA CASTILLO||Venezuela||18|
|20||JON Hyang-Nam||North Korea||16|
|3||Helen MAROULIS||United States||3|
|4||ZHONG Xuechun||China||14 at 55|
|10||NGUYEN Thi Lua||Vietnam||NR|
|11||Ana Maria PAVAL||Romania||NR|
|14||Katherine FULP-ALLEN||United States||6|
|7||Mimi HRISTOVA||Bulgaria||12 at 58|
|8||Aurelie BASSETT||France||9 at 53|
|9||JONG Sun-In||North Korea||NR|
|20||PHAM Thi Hue||Vietnam||NR|
|3||Valeria KOBLOVA-ZHOLOBOVA||Russia||3 at 55|
|4||Irina NETREBA||Azerbaijan||9 at 60|
|6||Anastassia HUCHOK||Belarus||4 at 60|
|7||Marianna SASTIN||Hungary||7 at 60|
|12||Allison RAGAN||United States||8|
|13||Joice SOUZA DE SILVA||Brazil||9|
|16||HAN Kum-Ok||North Korea||16 at 55|
|19||Sandra ROA VALENDI||Colombia||13|
|20||Elif Jale YESILIRMAK||Turkey||11|
|4||ZHANG Lan||China||14 at 58|
|7||SUKHEE Tserenchimed||Mongolia||3 at 58|
|8||Aisuluu TYNYBEKOVA||Kyrgyzstan||10 at 58|
|12||Olga BUTKEVICH||Great Britain||NR|
|15||Jennifer PAGE||United States||12|
|2||Jackeline RENTARIA CASTILLO||Colombia||3|
|4||Elena PIROZHKOVA||United States||11|
|13||Katherine VIDIAUX LOPEZ||Cuba||NR|
|19||Luz Clara VAZQUEZ||Argentina||18|
|6||SHARKUU Tumentsetseg||Mongolia||15 at 65|
|7||Laura SKUJINA||Latvia||11 at 63|
|12||Randi MILLER||United States||8|
|1||Adeline GRAY||United States||1|
|7||ZHOU Feng||China||5 at 69|
|11||Aline SILVA FERREIRA||Brazil||8|
|15||Lisset HECHEVARRIA MEDINA||Cuba||15|
|16||Andrea OLAYA GUTEIERREZ||Colombia||14|
|17||Laure ALI ANNABEL||Cameroon||NR|
|19||Jarismit WEFFER GUANP||Venezuela||NR|
William May conducts the World Rankings for FILA. He has been active in wrestling across three continents for more than 40 years as a competitor, coach, referee and journalist. William worked as the “Sports Information Specialist” for wrestling at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games. He can be reached on his Facebook page or by email, email@example.com
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