Hamaguchi crashes to early defeat

Kyodo

Kyoko Hamaguchi failed to secure an Olympic spot for Japan in the women’s 72-kg class on Friday, losing in the second round at the World Wrestling Championships.

Hamaguchi fell by a score of 2-1 to Canada’s Ohenewa Akuffo, the same opponent whom she lost to in the semifinals of the 2010 worlds, leaving her out of the repechage round.

The top five finishers in each weight category secure their countries berths to next year’s London Olympics.