CHONBURI, Thailand (May 11) – Cadet world bronze medalist Takuto OTOGURO (JPN) won handily three bouts at 50kg and Daiki ARAKI (JPN) notched three wins against a loss at 46kg to give Japan gold and bronze medals on the final day of the Asian cadet championships.
Otoguro became Japan’s third gold medalist in boys’ freestyle events this tournament after winning performances by Yajuro YAMASAKI (JPN) and Takashi ISHIGURO (JPN) at 76kg and 85kg, respectively.
Araki, meanwhile, posted a win over 2013 champion at 42kg, KIM Kum-Hyok (PRK), in the 46kg quarterfinals on his way to the bronze medal, giving the boys’ freestyle squad six medals for the championships.
The total of six medals won by Japan was one better than 2007 when the Japanese boys brought home one gold medal and four bronze.
Results of bouts involving Japanese entries:
85kg – FUJII, Tatsuya (8th, 13 entries)
R1 – lost to Tohirjon OKHONOV (TJK), 4-6
c1 – lost to Ermat SHERMATOV (UZB), 0-2
100kg – FUJIMOTO, Yumu (7th, 9 entries)
R1 – bye
R2 – lost to Ali Asghar Bayram SHAHBAZI (IRI) by fall, (1-8)
c1 – lost to Anton SAVENKO (KAZ) by fall, (0-9)
42kg – TANIGUCHI, Ryoga (9th, 12 entries)
R1 – lost to Yerbol DILMAGAMBETOV (KAZ) by TF, 2-12
46kg – ARAKI, Daiki (Bronze, 16 entries)
R1 – df. Hussein Abdullah Al AZZANI (YEM), 6-0
R2 – df. KIM Kum-Hyok (PRK), 4-3
SF – lost to Anil KUMAR (IND), 3-11
F3 – df. Gulomjon ABDULLAEV (UZB), 5-1
50kg – OTOGURO, Takuto (Gold, 13 entries)
R1 – bye
R2 – df. Praheep MAHARAG (SRI) by fall, (8-0)
SF – df. Ariunbold BATSAIKHAN (MGL) by TF, 10-0
F1 – df. Nader Amirgholi NASRISAMAKOUSH (IRI), 8-5
65kg – YAGO, Aika (7th, 7 entries)
R1 – lost to Malik SAMIKSHA (IND), 4-8
70kg – SHIMIZU, Akane (5th, 10 entries)
R1 – bye
R2 – df. KANNIKA Daeng-Aran (THA) by TF, 10-0
SF – lost to KE Guangling (CHN) by TF, 4-14
F1 – lost to Bakhtigul BALTANIYAZOVA (UZB), 2-9