NANJING (August 26-27) – Two-time cadet world champion Mayu MUKAIDA and Yajuro YAMASAKI each won three of four bouts inside of the regulation four minutes for gold medals at Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games.
Mukaida of Tokyo’s Abe Gakuin high school, a two-time cadet world champion, won her three preliminary bouts at 52kg inside of 60 seconds then picked apart European cadet champion Leyla GURBANOVA (AZE) for a 9-3 win.
Yamasaki of Saitama Sakae high school, a bronze medalist at the cadet world championships in July, opened with a 5-0 win over European cadet bronze medalist Sargis HOVSPEYAN (ARM).
The burly Asia cadet champion then wrapped up three straight technical falls by identical 10-0 scores, including European cadet silver medalist Meki SIMONIA (GEO) at 3:45 of the championship final.
With victories by Mukaida and Yamasaki, Japan has won gold medals in freestyle and female wrestling for the second Youth Olympic Games. Yu MIYAHARA (46kg) won in the girls’ events and Yuki TAKAHASHI (54kg) won in boys’ freestyle at the inaugural Games in Singapore in 2010.
52kg – MUKAIDA, Mayu (Gold, 8 entries)
R1 – df. Habiba ISMAIL (EGY) by fall, 0:46 (4-0)
R2 – df. Shakhodat DJULLIBAEVA (UZB) by TF, 10-0=0:34
R3 – df. DORN Srey Mao (CAM) by TF, 12-0=0:29
F1 – df. Leyla GURBANOVA (AZE), 9-3
76kg – YAMASAKI, Yajuro (Gold, 8 entries)
R1 – df. Sargis HOVSEPYAN (ARM), 5-0
R2 – df. Arshdeep GURM (IND) by TF, 10-0=1:03
R3 – df. Iafeta VOU (ASA) by TF, 10-0=1:02
F1 – df. Meki SIMONIA (GEO) by TF, 10-0=3:45