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07 September 2018 | in World University Championships, Wrestling

Japan, Russia top Men's Freestyle Wrestling

Turkey also finishes on podium 

 

GOIANIA — Turkey may have dominated the men’s lighter weight categories at the FISU World University Wrestling Championship in Brazil, but as the competition progresses, the top two positions are almost exclusively split between Russia and Japan. 

 Four categories of the men’s freestyle wrestling were contested on the third day, with world university champions crowned in -61kg, -70kg, -79kg and -97kg.

 

In the -70 kg category, the title bout took place between Japan’s Kirin Kinoshida and Russia’s Murad Nukhadiev, with the Japanes coming out on top. But it was the Hungarian László Gergely, who took bronze in the same category, who seemed to be happiest with this medal. 

 

Holding the medal to his chest, he said, “It means a lot to me. Wrestling started as a hobby and it is an honour to be competing here in Brazil and to share the podium with such strong athletes, whom we’ll probably see in the Olympics in a few years. ”

Japan, Turkey and Russia received a trophy for the performance of their athletes in the men’s freestyle and were named the best delegations. The men return to competition with the Greco-Roman style. The World University Wrestling Championship runs until September 9 at the Rio Vermelho gymnasium.

 

Main results:

 

MEN’S FREE STYLE (-61KG)

1st Place: Grigoriev Eduard (RUSSIA)

2nd place: Raimu Maeda (JAPAN)

3rd Place: Ali Mehmet Daylak (TURKEY) 

 

MEN’S FREE STYLE (-70kg)

1st Place: Kirin Kinoshida (JAPAN)

2nd Place: Murad Nukhadiev (RUSSIA)

3rd Place: László Gergely (HUNGARY) – Yavuz Haydar (TURKEY)

 

MEN’S FREE STYLE (-79kg)

1st Place: Tazhitin Akaev (RUSSIA)

2nd place: Yajuro Yamasaki (JAPAN)

3rd Place: Muhammet Kucukyldirim (TURKEY)

 

MEN’S FREE STYLE (-97kg)

1st Place: Asadula Ibragimov (RUSSIA)

2nd place: Taira Sonoda (JAPAN)

3rd Place: Tomin Márton (HUNGARY)

 

MEN’S FREE STYLE (GENERAL RANK)

1st Place: JAPAN

2nd Place: TURKEY

3rd Place: RUSSIA

 

You can check out all the results here. Watch all the exciting action live on the FISU Facebook page, right here.