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Japan's Yu Miyahara won wrestling gold on Monday. Singapore 2010
KGZ, KAZ, MGL share wrestling spotlight


17 Aug 2010
Singapore: The YOG wrestling programme of the YOG has proved a happy hunting ground for Asian athletes, despite a solitary gold for Japan in the five finals on the last night of competition Tuesday. Of the 14 medals on offer over the three nights, National Olympic Committees from Asia won five.

On the first night, Sunday, Kyrgyzstan’s Urmatbek Amatov won the men’s 58kg Greco-Roman gold, and was joined on the roll of honour by Kazakhstan’s Zhanibek Kandybayev in the men’s 69kg Greco-Roman category.

On the second night, Japan’s Yu Miyahara claimed the women’s 46kg freestyle, and Mongolia celebrated wildly when Battsetseg Baatarzorig won the women’s 60kg freestyle, beating India’s Pooja Dhanda in an all-Asia final.

Despite an Asian presence in three of the five finals Tuesday, only Japan’s Yuki Takahashi could come out on top.

Still, five of 14 gold medals in a competition dominated by the former Soviet bloc, notably Azerbaijan and Russia, is a good haul for Asia, especially Japan with two.
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