December 9, 2022

Japan’s Kenichiro Fumita booked a berth Sunday within the males’s Greco-Roman 60-kilogram ultimate on the opening day of the wrestling event on the Tokyo Olympics.

In the meantime, Japan’s Hiroe Minagawa, the world silver medalist within the girls’s 76-kg freestyle in 2019, fell within the semifinals to Germany’s Aline Rotter Focken.

Japan’s Kenichiro Fumita (R) and Lenur Temirov of Ukraine compete within the males’s Greco-Roman 60-kilogram semifinal on the Tokyo Olympics on Aug. 1, 2021, at Makuhari Messe Corridor in Chiba close to Tokyo. (Kyodo)

Fumita, the 2019 world champion, thrashed Lenur Temirov of Ukraine 5-1 within the semifinals and can meet Cuba’s Luis Alberto Orta Sanchez in Monday’s ultimate at Makuhari Messe Corridor.

Fumita, making his Olympic debut, is attempting to turn into the primary Japanese Greco-Roman champion since Atsuji Miyahara achieved the feat within the 52-kg class on the 1984 Los Angeles Video games.

“I stored it in my thoughts to place in a powerful struggle, and although it was a low-scoring bout, I used to be in a position to do the kind of strong wrestling I’m good at. I am a bit of relieved,” stated Fumita.

Japan’s males have received medals in 17 consecutive Olympic tournaments because the 1952 Helsinki Video games, excluding the boycotted 1980 Moscow Olympics through which the nation didn’t take part.

“The ladies have been very productive in recent times and the lads have additionally been bringing house medals for a very long time, so I actually wish to too.” Fumita stated.

Within the different males’s Greco-Roman 60-kg semifinal, Orta Sanchez hoisted Victor Ciobanu of Moldova within the air in a dynamic show earlier than slamming his opponent to the mat for an 11-0 technical fall.

Earlier, after Fumita’s 8-0 rout of Abdelkarim Fergat of Algeria, he prevailed over China’s Walihan Sailike, the victory approaching factors, to advance to the semis.

Minagawa, who was the third seed right here, fell behind 0-1 within the first interval in opposition to second-seed Rotter Focken earlier than drawing even with some extent within the second interval, solely to have the German sweep her legs out for a 3-1 win.

“I believed that I might win once I grappled her initially of the bout. My opponent has longer limbs, so I ended up falling behind as there have been many instances she was in a position to contact me first. I wasn’t in a position to acquire sufficient factors,” Minagawa stated.

The 33-year-old Minagawa, who’s competing in her first Olympics, will wrestle in a bronze-medal match on Monday.

“I needed to be within the ultimate, however I’ve one other match forward so I wish to swap gears and do my greatest for that,” she stated.

At 130 kg, the heaviest in Greco-Roman, 38-year-old Rio Olympic champion Mijain Lopez Nunez of Cuba defeated Turkey’s Riza Kayaalp 2-0 to achieve the ultimate in opposition to Georgia’s Iakobi Kajaia on Monday. There are not any Japanese wrestlers competing on this class.


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