Vorobieva Falters as Sun, Zhou Pace China at RIO 2016 Test Event
Monday, February 1, 2016 - 18:44 By Tim Foley
RIO DE JANEIRO (January 30) – London Olympic champion and defending world champions Natalya VOROBIEVA (RUS) came to Brazil in the hopes of starting her 2016 repeat tour on solid footing. However, the Russian champion’s hopes were dashed early in the tournament Saturday at the HSBC Arena 1, as she dropped a back-and-forth first bout to Dorothy YEATS (CAN) 7-5.
Up by a point with a minute to wrestle, Vorobieva began to back away from her offense, allowing the motivated and well-conditioned Yeats to sneak in for a last second snap down and go-behind. After a failed review Yeats took home the two-point win.
The loss cleared the way for world silver medalist ZHOU Feng (CHN) to barrel into the finals without worry of a repeat loss to Vorobieva in the finals. Zhou slammed her way through early competition before meeting Yeats in the finals. Zhou started slow but with a minute left in the second period blew open her three-point lead to secure a technical fall, 11-1.
Teammate and 2013 world champion SUN Yanan (CHN) looked equally dominate throughout the tournament. She took the gold in the finals after a gut wrench attempt left her opponent Valentina ISLAMOVA (RUS) with a dislocated elbow.
In one of the most entertaining matches of the day Sakano YUI (JPN) bested China’s third finalist, LI Quian (CHN), 4-1.
Action starts tomorrow at 10am with wrestling at 53kg, 63kg and 75kg.
Women’s Wrestling – 48kg
GOLD: SUN Yanan (CHN) df. Valentina ISLAMOVA (RUS) by MED. For.
BRONZE: SAN de ALMEIDA (BRA) df. REGINA COSTA SILVA (BRA), 7-1
BRONZE: Jasmine MIAN CAN df. SOLEDAD CABRERA (ARG) by FALL
Women’s Wrestling -- 58kg
GOLD: Sakano YUI (JPN) df. LI Quian (CHN), 4-1
BRONZE: Michelle FAZZARI (CAN) df. Josimara JULLIO (BRA) by TF, 10-0
BRONZE: Liubov OVCHAROVA (RUS) df. Ramona GALAMBOS (HUN) by FALL
Women's Wrestling -- 69kg
GOLD: ZHOU Feng (CHN) df. Dorothy YEATS (CAN) by TF, 11-1
BRONZE: Natalia VOROBEVA (RUS) df. GM de OLIVEIRA (BRA) by FALL
BRONZE: Tamyra MENSAH (USA)