BUDAPEST – Shingo Matsumoto failed in his bid to become the first Japanese to win a medal in men’s Greco-Roman wrestling in 10 years at the world championships after defeat in the 84-kg quarterfinals Saturday.
Matsumoto was beaten by Ukrainian Oleksandr Daragan on a disappointing day for Japan as Masaki Imuro and Yuki Iwasaki fell at the first hurdle in the 66-kg and 74-kg competitions.
“I’m really disappointed,” said 2002 Asian Games gold-medalist Matsumoto, who finished seventh at last year’s Athens Olympics.
Alim Selimav of Belarus won the 84-kg gold while Bulgaria’s Nicolay Gergov won the 66-kg crown and Russian Varteres Samurgachev took top honors in the 74-kg class.
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