Wrestler Obara captures 48-kg gold

Kyodo

Hitomi Obara successfully defended her title in the women’s 48-kg class Wednesday, giving Japan its first gold medal at the World Wrestling Championships in Istanbul.

Obara eliminated Beijing Olympic gold medalist Carol Huynh of Canada 2-0 in the quarterfinals on her way to the final, where she beat 2009 world champion Maria Stadnyk of Azerbaijan 2-1. Obara’s performance gave Japan a berth in the 48-kg weight category at next year’s London Olympic Games.