日本レスリング協会公式サイト
JAPAN WRESTLING FEDERATION
日本レスリング協会公式サイト
2023.07.01

Japan Wrestling Federation News ― June 2023 (Ukrainian team/Meiji Cup/Asian U17/Beach wrestling)

 

Ukrainian women’s team trains at Shigakkan University

Their country’s continued fight against the brutal Russian invasion has left Ukraine’s wrestlers unable to train under desirable conditions at home. To help out, Shigakkan University opened its doors and welcomed the Ukraine women’s team.

From June 20 to July 1, 12 wrestlers accompanied by five coaches practiced at the university’s campus in the city of Obu, Aichi Prefecture, to continue their training this season.

The powerful Ukrainian women’s team poses for a group photo with the Shigakkan University squad during their joint practice and stay at the Aichi Prefecture school.

The Ukraine women’s team is among the strongest in the world, having won a silver medal and two bronzes at last year’s World Championships in Serbia and the title at the World Cup in December in the United States, in defiance of the adverse conditions.

Among those making the trip to Shigakkan were European 59kg silver medalist Yulia TKACH OSTAPCHUK, the 2014 world champion at 63kg; Oksana LIVACH, who finished fifth at 50kg at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021; and Irina KOLIADENKO, a Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist and the reigning European champion at 62kg.

Expectations are high for a number of high finishes at this year’s World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, in September, which will also serve as the first qualifying fournament for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Shigakkan is among the most formidible powerhouses in Japanese women’s wrestling. Among the distinguished wrestlers to grace its mats were Olympic gold medalists Saori YOSHIDA, Kaori ICHO, Hitomi OBARA, Risako KAWAI, Eri TOSAKA, Sara DOSHO, Yukako KAWAI and Mayu MUKAIDA. In fact, of the 24 Japan team members since women’s wrestling was added to the Olympic program in 2004, 19 were products of Shigakkan.

Oksana LIVACH spars with 2021 world champion Remina YOSHIMOTO as coach Volodymyr YEDENOV, right, looks on.

The Ukraine team’s trip came about through the efforts of Shigakkan University President Kuniko TANIOKA, who also serves a vice-president of the Japan Wrestling Federation. She used the occasion of the women’s World Cup to initiate contact and then made the necessary arrangements.

Ukraine paid for the airfares to Japan, but room and board on campus for the team members at the university were covered by the university, the Shigakkan wrestling team and local supporters in Obu. The coaches stayed at a hotel in the city.

“Ukraine is caught up in a war, and to secure a place where the women can practice, they have to move from country to country,” Tanioka said. “It’s just for a short time, but our thinking was [it would be worthwhile] if we can give them a place to practice and some time to feel comfortable even for a moment, so Shigakkan took them in.”

Among the team members, more than a few have either lost their homes, or have children or families living in perilous conditions. “At the university, the students can interact with the athletes to get a feel for their situation. We want them to put themselves in their shoes and gain awareness of the reality,” Tanioka said.

During their stay, the wrestlers joined their Shigakkan counterparts in their morning and evening practice sessions. They also had a chance to participate in exchange events in the city and interact with a local kindergarten. The objective was to provide encouragement for the team coming from a war-torn environment.

At a cultural exchange event on June 25 in Obu, three-time Olympic champion Yoshida expressed her support for the Ukrainian team. The city is also hosting Ukrainian refugees, providing them with free public housing.

Ukraine coach Volodymyr YEVONOV said that even now in the capital of Kyiv, a missile could strike an any moment, and there is no way to adequately practice. As such, the wrestling team spends much of their time outside of the country, training in neighboring nations. In the case of the World Cup, they traveled to the United States ahead of the tournament for training.

Japan is said to be the ninth country that has afforded the team hospitality. Upon leaving Japan, the team will head to Hungary to begin preparations for the World Championships in September.

Shigakkan captain Yuzuka INAGAKI uses gestures in an attempt to communicate with the guests.

Susaki lone Olympic women’s champ to make world team

Of Japan’s four gold medalists at the Tokyo Olympics in women’s wrestling, Yui SUSAKI was the only one to secure a trip to this year’s World Championships, where she will have a chance to qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Susaki won the 50kg title at the Meiji Cup All-Japan Invitational Championships held June 15-18 at Tokyo Metropolitan Gym. That, combined with her victory at the Emperor’s Cup All-Japan Championships in December, clinched her ticket to the worlds in Belgrade.

Yui SUSAKI won the women’s 50kg title to earn a chance to defend her world crown.

Falling by the wayside were fellow Olympic champions Mayu SHIDOCHI (formerly MUKAIDA), Risako KINJO (formerly KAWAI) and Yukako KAWAI. Shidochi and Kinjo both moved back down to their Olympic weights of 53kg and 57kg, respectively, but neither made the finals.. Kawai, the 62kg gold medalist in Tokyo, also came up short after moving up to 68kg.

In the six Olympic weight classes, victories at both the Emperor’s Cup and Meiji Cup earned an automatic place on the team to Belgrade. In cases where the champions were different, the two are to meet in a playoff on July 1.

Getting to the World Championships has additional significance, because winning a medal in an Olympic weight class automatically earns the wrestler the spot at the Paris Olympics.

In the 50kg final, Susaki, the reigning world champion, defeated Remina YOSHIMOTO 4-3 in a repeat, albeit closer result, of the Emperor’s Cup final. Yoshimoto won the 2021 world title while Susaki was on a post-Olympic hiatus.

In an anticipated match that drew world attention, 2021 world champion Akari FUJINAMI defeated Shidochi by fall en route to winning the 53kg title and earning her ticket to Belgrade.

Akari FUJINAMI was awarded the Meiji Cup as the wrestler of the tournament after winning her third straight 53kg title.

In the final, Fujinami defeated world U20 and U23 champion Moe KIYOOKA by technical fall. Fujinami missed last year’s World Championships due to injury, but will now get a chance to regain her title and clinch a place at the Paris Olympics.

Kinjo, returning to the mat after giving birth last summer, had won the Emperor’s Cup title at 59kg, but moved back down to the Olympic weight of 57kg for the first time since the Tokyo Games in a bid for a third straight Olympic gold.

But in the semifinals, she lost by technical fall to reigning world champion Tsugumi SAKURAI, ending her chances of going to the worlds at 57kg. If she wants, she is still eligible to enter the playoff for the non-Olympic 59kg spot to Belgrade.

In the 57kg final, Sakurai avenged her semifinal loss at the Emperor’s Cup to Sae NANJO, beating the world U23 champion 5-2 to set up a world team playoff between the two.

At 68kg, a late withdrawal left only seven entries, so the competition was run using the Nordic round-robin group system. Kawai defeated world 65kg champion Miwa MORIKAWA in their group match, but Morikawa came back and beat Kawai 3-0 in the final to keep alive her hopes of making it to Belgrade.

Morikawa’s win set up a playoff for all the marbles between her and Emperor’s Cup champion and world silver medalist Ami ISHII, whom she beat in the semifinals 8-5. That had avenged a loss to Ishii in the Emperor’s Cup final.

One of the biggest surprises of the tournament came at 62kg, where world champion Nonoka OZAKI‘s bid for a world repeat ended when she was dealt a stunning 6-6 loss on last-point criteria in the quarterfinals by Yuzuka INAGAKI.

In the final, Sakura MOTOKI secured her ticket to Belgrade with a comprehensive 8-2 win over Inagaki. Motoki, the world 59kg bronze medalist, had beaten Ozaki in the Emperor’s Cup final.

Meanwhile in freestyle, 2016 Rio Olympic silver medalist Rei HIGUCHI followed up his Emperor’s Cup victory by winning the 57kg title to clinch his spot on the plane to Belgrade, as did 2021 Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Takuto OTOGURO at 65kg.

In Greco-Roman, Tokyo Olympic 60kg silver medalist Kenichiro FUMITA had to withdraw from the competition due to injury, and Maito KAWANA filled the void and won the title. That set up a playoff between him and Fumita, the Emperor’s Cup champion and a two-time former world champion.

Rei HIGUCHI successfully dropped back down to freestyle 57kg and earned a ticket to this year’s World Championships.

Detailed reports of each day’s action are available in English on the United World Wrestling website. Here are the links:

Inagaki deals Ozaki shocking loss; Kawai solid at 68kg
https://uww.org/article/inagaki-deals-ozaki-shocking-loss-kawai-solid-68kg

Morikawa reigns at 68kg, all but shatters Kawai’s Olympic quest
https://uww.org/article/morikawa-reigns-68kg-all-shatters-kawais-olympic-quest

‘Tired’ Olympic champ Kinjo gives way to blooming Sakurai
https://uww.org/article/tired-olympic-champ-kinjo-gives-way-blooming-sakurai

Fujinami stays on path to Paris, via Belgrade, with 53kg title
https://uww.org/article/fujinami-stays-path-paris-belgrade-53kg-title

Otoguro, Susaki avoid carnage to secure tickets to Belgrade
https://uww.org/article/otoguro-susaki-avoid-carnage-secure-tickets-belgrade

Japan captures 2 golds at Asian U17

Japan won two gold medals at the Asian U17 Championships held June 10-13 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Yu KATAOKA won the girls’ 46kg title, while Leo AKAGI triumphed at freestyle 51kg.

Last year, the tournament saw the emergence of a strong crop of Indian wrestlers in the girls’ competition that helped shut Japan out of the gold medals for the first time since the event, formerly called the cadets, was started in 2003.

This year, Kataoka ended the drought by defeating an Indian opponent in the final. Japan’s girls also came away with two silver medals and four bronzes.

The medalists in the girls’ competition at the Asian U17 Championships pose together upon their return to Japan.

In freestyle, Akagi improved on his runnerup finish at 48kg a year ago by taking the 51kg title and giving Japan at least one freestyle gold for a fourth consecutive tournament. Japan also got a bronze from Noah LEIBOWITZ at 92kg.

In Greco-Roman, Japanese wrestlers won five medals, all bronze.

Beach wrestlers come up empty-handed  in Singapore

The second stop on the Beach Wrestling World Series was held June 10-11 in Singapore, but Japan’s wrestlers failed to win any medals.

The same trio that competed in the opening meet of the series in Argentina were entered. Yoshiki YAMADA at 70kg and Hirotaka ABE at 80kg both lost in bronze-medal matches, while Masayuki AMANO was eliminated in the +90kg preliminary group stage.

Hirotaka ABE works for a point in the Singapore tournament.

–Translation by Ken Marantz







JWF WRESTLERS DATABASE 日本レスリング協会 選手&大会データベース

年別ニュース一覧

サイト内検索


【報道】取材申請について
-------------

● 間違いはご指摘ください
本ホームページ上に掲載されている記録や人名に誤りがある場合は、遠慮なくご指摘ください。調査のうえ善処いたします。 記録は、一度間違うと、後世まで間違ったまま伝わります。正確な記録を残すためにも、ご協力ください。


アスリートの盗撮、写真・動画の悪用、悪質なSNSの投稿は卑劣な行為です。
BIG、totoのご購入はこちら

SPORTS PHARMACIST

JADA HOMEPAGE

フェアプレイで日本を元気に