TOKYO (April 20) World champion Kaori Icho and bronze medalist Kyoko Hamaguchi will spearhead Japan's efforts in the 2011 Asian championships in Tashkent, the Japan Wrestling Federation announced.
In addition to the world and Olympic multi-medalists on the female side, the JWF also named world bronze medalists Yasuhiro Inaba and Noriyuki Takatsuka to the men's freestyle team. Inaba was third at 55kg in last year's world meet while Takatsuka was a bronze medalist in 2006 at 60kg.
The competition gets under way in the Uzbek capital with men's freestyle on May 19-20, followed by the women on May 20-21. Greco-roman closes out the championships May 21-22.
55kg Yasuhiro Inaba, Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department
60kg Noriyuki Takatsuka, Japan Self-Defense Forces
66kg Takafumi Kojima, K-Powers
74kg Kazuyuki Nagashima, Clean-up
84kg Shinya Matsumoto, Tokyo MPD
96kg Takahiro Shimonaka, Chukyo Gakuin University club
120kg Nobuyoshi Arakida, Senshu University club
55kg Ryo Minemura, Kanagawa University staff
60kg Kazuma Kuramoto, Japan SDF
66kg Hiroyuki Shimizu, Japan SDF
74kg Kazuo Tamura, Waseda club
84kg Taichi Oka, Japan SDF
96kg Yuji Yamamoto, Tokyo MPD
120kg Hirokazu Shinjo, Japan SDF
48kg Fuyuko Mimura, Nihon University
51kg Hikari Sugawara, Shigakkan high school (Aichi)
55kg Chikako Matsukawa, Japan Beverage
59kg Takako Saito, Japan SDF
63kg Kaori Icho, ALSOK
67kg Yoshiko Inoue, Clean-up
72kg Kyoko Hamaguchi, Japan Beverage