P.Orkhon defeats Japanese Olympic freestyle wrestling champion at Yarygin Grand Prix


Mongolian freestyle wrestler P.Orkhon beat Olympic and World Championship gold medalist Kaori Icho of Japan 10:0 at the 27th Golden Grand Prix, which took place in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, from January 29 to 31.
On the first day of the international tournament, which is named after celebrated Soviet wrestler and Olympic champion Ivan Yarygin, bronze medalist of the 2013 World Junior Championships 2013 P.Orkhon competed in the women’s 58 kg event. She faced B.Shoovdor of Mongolia and two  Russian competitors in the first, second, and semi-final rounds and beat them.
In the finals, she defeated three-time Olympic and ten-time world champion Kaori Icho.
Kaori Icho faced Mongolian world champion S.Tserenchimed and defeated her. In the semi-final, Kaori Icho won against Mongolian wrestler E.Gantuya.
As news of Icho’s loss traveled quickly to Japan, Japanese national team director Kazuhito Sakae said, “We’re lucky it wasn’t the Olympic Games. We have some time before the Olympics to correct some things. Kaori Icho knows what needs to be done and I’m convinced that she is an athlete who can correct herself, so I’m not worried.”
Since her forfeit loss at the 2007 Asian Championships, Icho had won 108 straight bouts before facing P.Orkhon.
S.Tserenchimed and B.Shoovdor won bronze medals in the women’s 58 kg category. E.Sumiya also won a bronze medal in the women’s 63 kg category. Sh.Tumentseteg secured another bronze medal for Mongolia in the women’s 69 kg category.
On the second day of the tournament, International Sports Master B.Odonchimeg claimed a gold medal in the women’s 75 kg category, emerging as a champion among ten wrestlers after defeating Russian wrestler Elena Perepelkina.
State Honored Athlete O.Burmaa took home a bronze medal in the women’s 75 kg contest.  And Mongolian wrestler E.Narangerel grabbed a bronze medal in the women’s 48 kg event.
A total of 330 wrestlers from 10 countries, namely the USA, Greece, Italy, Kazakhstan, Cameroon, Mongolia, Senegal, Japan, and Russia competed in the tournament.

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