The 18th Women wrestling world cup has started in Narita, Japan with a bang. Reigning champions and host Japan has started on a winning note by thrashing Ukraine 9-1 in the opening Group A encounter. In the Group B tie, the second seed Russian team was stunned by tenacious Mongolia 4-6.
GROUP B – Mongolia stuns Russia 6-4
The second seed Russia started as favorites against the Mongolian side. But brilliant performances by 2019 World championship bronze medallist Bat Ochir, Gantuya Enkhbat and others from Mongolia surprised the Russian team. Russia came for world cup without their world champions Natalia Vorobieva (72kg) & Inna Trazhukova (65kg) and that proved costly for them as they lost crucial bouts to go down by 6-4 to Mongolia.
As expected, the hosts Japan proved too good for Ukraine that too without the team leader Risako Kawai. The 5 time defending champion started on a winning note with recently crowned Kika Kagata winning her opening bout against Ukrainian wrestler. Japan won the opening tie 9-1 with only Alla Belinska from Ukraine stopped them from complete whitewash. Belinska defeated Mei Shindo of Japan to salvage some pride for Ukraine team.
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