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|Smith and Meng win Women’s gold medals and Japan wins team title; Sourianreyhanpour takes first Greco-Roman gold|
By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling
The women's competition at the World Wrestling Championships completed with the final two weight divisions in Budapest, Hungary, Sept. 30.
Capturing gold medals were Meng Lili of China at 67 kg/167.5 lbs. and Iris Smith of the United States at 72 kg/158.5 lbs.
Meng defeated Martine Dugrenier of Canada, 3-1, 2-1 in the finals match. She scored three takedowns in the first period for the edge over Dugrenier, who had one takedown in the period. In the second period, Meng scored two takedowns in the first 47 seconds of the match, and held off Dugrenier the rest of the way, although the Canadian scored a takedown with three seconds on the clock.
Meng is a former World champion, but won her title down one weight division. This is her first year competing at this weight class.
Smith upset five-time World champion Kyoko Hamaguchi of Japan, 3-1, 1-1, 1-0 in the finals. Smith won the first period with a three-point move from a scramble, while Hamaguchi scored one takedown. In the second period, both athletes had takedowns, but Hamaguchi won the period by scoring the final point. Smith scored the only takedown 50 seconds into the third and deciding period, and had strong defense the rest of the way for the win.
Smith was competing in her second World Championships, and won her first medal.
Japan, with four individual champions, won the team title, followed by China in second and the United States in third.
The men's Greco-Roman competition began with action at 55 kg/121 lbs., and the gold was won by Hamid Sourianreyhanpour of Iran.
He defeated Park Eun-Chol of Korea, 2-1, 4-3 in the finals. After Park scored the first point of the opening period, Sourianreyhanpour added two points, one on a caution and one on a lift.
In the second period, with Park on top in the clinch, he scored three points by hitting two gut wrenches, one for one point and one for two points. Sourianreyhanpour received one point during that 30-second period when Park stepped out of bounds. Sourianreyhanpour won the match with a 3-point reverse lift when he was on top from the clinch position.
Sourianreyhanpour was also the Junior World champion this year, which is for wrestlers 17-20 years old.
The Greco-Roman competition continues with action at 66 kg/145.5 lbs., 74 kg/163 lbs. and 84 kg/185 lbs. on Saturday, October 1.
67 KG 167.5 LBS
Gold - Meng Lili (CHN)
Silver - Martine Dugrenier (CAN)
Bronze - Elene Perepelkina (RUS)
Bronze - Katie Downing (USA)
5th - Naranchimeg Gelegjamts (MGL)
5th - Ashlea McManus (GBR)
7th - Eri Sakamoto (JPN)
8th - Rita Soos (HUN)
9th - Stavrola Zygouri (GRE)
10th - Masira Admiraal (NED)
72 KG 158.5 LBS.
Gold - Iris Smith (USA)
Silver - Kyoko Hamaguchi (JPN)
Bronze - Anita Schaetzle (GER)
Bronze - Svetlana Sayenko (UKR)
5th - Stanka Zlateva (BUL)
5th - Jiao Wang (CHN)
7th - Ohenewa Akuffo (CAN)
8th - Bumaa Orchirbat (MGL)
9th - Marina Gastl (AUT)
10th - Olga Zhanibekova (KAZ)
1. Japan 61 pts.
2. China, 52 pts.
3., United States, 42 pts.
4. Canada, 41 pts.
5. Russia, 30 pts.
6. Ukraine, 25 pts.
7. Mongolia, 17 pts.
8. Hungary, 14
9. Germany, 13 pts.
10. Belarus, 12 pts.
(of 83 teams)
Gold - Hamid Sayan Reinhanpour (IRI)
Silver - Eun-Chol Park (KOR)
Bronze - Istvan Majoros (HUN)
Bronze - Yermek Kuketov (KAZ)
5th - Anders Nyblom (DEN)
5th - Lazaro Rivas (CUB)
7th - Rovshan Bayramov (AZE)
8th - Irakli Chochua (GEO)
9th - Roman Amoyan (ARM)
10th - Kwang Su Cha (PRK)