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UPDATED: 08:07, August 18, 2005
Japan, Turkey, US win half of wrestling titles at Izmir Universiade
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Japan, host Turkey and the United States bagged home one half of the 21 gold medals offered in the five-day wrestling competitions, which concluded at the 23rd World Universiade on Wednesday.

Japan had four gold medals, and both Turkey and the United States took three apiece. The Japanese titles were all from its women wrestlers, the United States also struck its three golds through its men entries, and all from the freestyle, while Turkey had two from the Greco-Roman categories and one from the men's freestyle.

Turkey exploited its hosting place to put the wrestling competitions into the agenda of the 23rd World Universiade. Although ranked second in the gold tally, Turkey still beat Japan to second in the number of medals.

Sait Bingol awarded Turkey its first gold, beating Russian Alexey Voronin in the 120kg freestyle on Aug. 13, the first-day wrestling competitions.

Selcuk Cebi defeated South Korean Ji Hyun Jung in the 66kg Greco-Roman final, before Seref Tufenk gave the home audience the last cheers, winning the 74kg Greco-Roman gold medal over Polish Radoslaw Truszkowski in its last-day finals on Wednesday.

Hatun Muhcu became the only Turkish woman medallist with a silver from the 67kg class.

Japan returned home as the biggest winner as it reaped four golds from the 55kg to 67kg classes. Saori Yoshida, Ayako Shoda, Kaori Icho and Mami Shinkai defeated their respective rivals from Canada, Poland, Belarus and Turkey in the women's freestyles.

And Tsukasa Tsurumaki was the only Japanese men medallist, winning a bronze in the 74kg Greco-Roman category.

The United States also had three golds, all in the men's freestyles, through Nathan Gallick, Jesse Jantzen and Thomas Rowlands who muscled over two Turkish men and one Russian in the 60kg, 66kg and 96kg finals.

Canada and Iran had an identical collection of two golds, two silvers and two bronzes, while Ukraine also got two golds, one silver and two bronzes.

The other five gold medals were split among Georgia, Kazakhstan, Cuba, DPR Korea and Mongolia.

In the overall medal standings, Japan ranked first with four golds, one silver and two bronzes, ahead of Turkey on a 3-5-2 sheet, while the United States finished third with three golds andfive bronzes.

Source: Xinhua

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