STRATHCONA COUNTY, ALBERTA – Japan’s Eri Tosaka captured the 48-kg silver medal Saturday on her debut at the women’s wrestling world championships in Canada.
The 19-year-old Tosaka battled her way through the final before eventually succumbing in a 2-1 defeat to Vanesa Kaladzinskaya of Belarus on the last day of competition.
“I fought better than I thought I would, but really wanted to win the final,” said Tosaka. “Competition is fierce at home and I want to train hard so I am picked to represent Japan again.”
Tosaka’s silver was Japan’s third medal of the championships.
Kayoko Inoue won bronze in the non-Olympic 67-kg category before Saori Yoshida claimed an unprecedented 10th consecutive title Friday after beating American Helen Maroulis in the 55-kg final.
It was the worst performance by Japan since women’s wrestling became part of the Olympic program and competition in seven weight categories was introduced at the world championships in 2002. Japan won two gold medals and one bronze at the 2009 worlds.
In the 63-kg category, Kayoko Kudo moved into the repechage after losing in the third round, but wound up fifth after losing her third-place playoff match 2-1 to China’s Xi Luozhuoma.