BUDAPEST – Tournament debutante Sara Dosho of Japan earned a bronze medal in the women’s 67-kilogram class at the wrestling world championships on Friday.
The 18-year-old Dosho cruised through her first three matches from the first round but lost in the semifinals to Alina Stadnik-Makhynia of Ukraine who went on to win the gold.
“I wasn’t able to win the championship so I’m not satisfied, but I am relieved,” said Dosho, who beat Germany’s Aline Focken by fall in the match for third place.
“I was able to land some tackles but I also lost points when my opponents broke out from them. I have a long way to go (toward the Olympics),” she said.
The Japanese women took the lion’s share with three of the seven golds on offer. Saori Yoshida claimed her 11th straight world title at 55 kg, while Kaori Icho won her eighth overall world crown at 63 kg. Eri Tosaka took the 48-kg title for the first time.
Hiroe Suzuki was defeated in the second round at 72 kg and also lost in the repechage. In the men’s 55-kg Greco-Roman, Shota Tanokura crashed out in the third round.