North Korea’s women’s wrestling team returned to the international stage after a five-year absence.
North Korean wrestler Myong Hyong-yong, 25, won gold in the women’s freestyle 62kg category at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games on Saturday at the Lin’an Sports and Cultural Exhibition Center in Hangzhou, East China’s Zhejiang Province.
With the victory, the DPRK has placed all of its female wrestlers on the podium at the Games.
Myong Hyong-yong was down 0-6 in the first period against Japan’s Nonoka Ozaki in the final of the day, but rallied from 2-6 down to win with a four-point technical fall as time expired.
In wrestling, if the match ends in a tie, the wrestler with the highest score, followed by the wrestler with the fewest warnings, followed by the last to score, wins.
With three two-point takedowns, Myung won the gold medal based on this criteria.
He even performed a tumbling ceremony after the match, unable to contain his joy.
North Korea won silver in the women’s 50-kilogram freestyle (Kim Sun Hyang) and women’s 57-kilogram freestyle (Chung In Soon) and bronze in the women’s 53-kilogram freestyle (Choi Hyo Kyong) the previous day.
North Korea sent four athletes to compete in four women’s freestyle events at the Games, winning one gold, two silver and one bronze medal.
North Korea also performed well in men’s wrestling.
Han Chong Song, who competed in the 57-kilogram men’s freestyle, lost 3-7 in the final to Toshihiro Hasegawa of Japan to take home the silver medal.
North Korea’s Kim Kwang Jin defeated Kazakhstan’s Sanjhar Mukhtar 11-6 in the men’s 65 kilogram freestyle bronze medal match.
North Korea also won a number of medals in wrestling at the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games.
It sent four wrestlers to the women’s freestyle event and won two gold and two bronze medals. 슬롯게이밍