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Wrestling: Japan's Obara wins 48kg freestyle gold
August 8, 2012 / 6:30 PM / 5 years ago

Wrestling: Japan's Obara wins 48kg freestyle gold

LONDON (Reuters) - Japan’s Hitomi Obara came from behind to win gold in the final of the lightest women’s freestyle wrestling division at the London Olympics on Wednesday.

Japan's Hitomi Obara (in blue) fights with Tunisia's Maroi Mezien on the Women's 48Kg Greco-Roman wrestling at the ExCel venue during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 8, 2012. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

She beat Mariya Stadnyk of Azerbaijan to add the Olympic 48kg title to the eight world championships she has won in a dazzling career.

Obara fell to her knees on the wrestling mat and wept with her head in her hands as Japanese supporters erupted in the packed arena. Obara lost the first of three rounds, but fought back to win the next two.

The pair had also met in last year’s world championship final, a closely fought contest that Obara also won.

Reporting by Peter Griffiths; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall

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