MISHIMA, Shizuoka (October 15-16) – Former world champion Miyuu Yamamoto won the 48kg crown at the Japan Women's Open Championships in her first national-level competition since the Japan Queens Cup event in February 2004.
Although official qualification standards for the national championships in December have not yet been announced, it is expected that by winning the women's open title the 37-year-old Yamamoto will appear in her first All-Japan meet in eight years.
Yamamoto, who won world titles in 1991, 1994 and, 1995, was named the outstanding wrestler of the Open after winning her two of her three bouts by fall.
Individual winners in the junior-senior division were:
48kg – Miyuu Yamamoto, Hakuju club
51kg – Yu Miyahara, Abe Gakuin high school
55kg – Chiaki Arai, Waseda University
59kg – Eriko Nakata, Waseda club
63kg – Fusano Mochizuki, Abe Gakuin
67kg – Kayoko Kudo, Japan Self-Defense Forces
72kg – no entry