Two New No.1s, Pre-World Adjustments Shake Up Women's Rankings for August

By William May

CORRECTION: Correcting the rankings at 53kg and 55kg with Haruna OKUNO (JPN) ranked in both categories. Removing Haruna OKUNO (JPN) from No.7 at 53kg and adding Liliya HORISHNA (UKR) at No.12 at 53kg.

CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY (August 10) – Yulia TKACH (UKR) and Odunayo ADEKUOROYE (NGR) have emerged as two new leaders in the United World Wrestling women’s rankings for August following “adjustments” to re-align the rankings with entry lists for the August 21-26 world championships.

Former 2014 world champion Tkach assumes the top spot at 63kg, following the departure of Rio 2016 gold medalist Risako KAWAI (JPN) for 60kg. And, 2015 world bronze medalist Adekuoroye is the new No.1 at 55kg as world champion Mayu MUKAIDA (JPN) drops to 53kg.

Tkach, ranked No.2 in July, won the Ukraine International and Dan Kolov events in the spring, and has added bronze medals from the European championships as well as the Poland Open in July. Kawai, a runner-up at the 2015 world championships, won the Asian title at 60kg in May.

Adekuoroye, second-ranked last month at 55kg, won the Golden Grand Prix Final last November in Baku and also claimed a gold medal at the African championships in April. Mukaida, meanwhile, assumes the No.1 position at 53kg ahead of Saori YOSHIDA (JPN).

The adjustments, however, are not expected to be without controversy as Rio 2016 gold medalist at 53kg Helen MAROULIS (USA) is moving up to 58kg where she is listed at No.2 behind reigning world and Olympic Games champion Kaori ICHO (JPN).

In the remaining three weight categories, Rio 2016 gold medalists from Japan Eri TOSAKA (48kg) and Sara DOSHO (69kg) as well as Canada’s Erica Wiebe (75kg) will hold on to their No.1 positions -- at least, until the new rankings are released after the world championships.

Dosho is the only member of the trio competing in Paris with a chance to hold on to her No.1 position.

Wrestlers in the rankings are listed by name, country code, most notable or most recent result over the last 12 months, and their position in the previous rankings.

48kg – Alina VUC (ROU) won the German Grand Prix to make the leap from 18th to No.12 in July, and now climbs another four places to No.8 with a victory at the Ion Corneanu event in Bucharest. 

1. Eri TOSAKA (JPN) – Rio OG No.1 (1)
2. Mariya STADNIK (AZE) – Europe No.1 (2)
3. Yui SUSAKI (JPN) – Asia No.1 (3)
4. Valerie CHEPSARAKOVA (RUS) – Poland Open No.2 (5)
5. Victoria ANTHONY (USA) – Pan America No.1 (6)
6. SUN Yanan (CHN) – Rio OG No.3 (4)
7. Elitsa YANKOVA (BUL) – Spanish GP No.3 (10)
8. Alina VUC (ROU) – Ion Corneanu No.1 (12)
9. Ilona SEMKIV (UKR) – Europe No.2 (7)
10. Irina BORISSOVA (KAZ) – Asia No.3 (8)
11. Milana DADASHEVA (RUS) – Yasar Dogu No.1 (9)
12. Daria LEKSINA (RUS) – Yarygin GP No.2 (11)
13. Patricia BERMUDEZ (ARG) – German GP No.3 (13)
14. Jasmine MIAN (CAN) – Spanish GP No.2 (14)
15. Jade PARSONS (CAN) – German GP No.2 (15)
16. Frederika PETERSSON (SWE) – Europe No.3 (14)
17. Oksana LIVACH (UKR) – Ukraine Int’l No.3 (17)
18. Turkan NASIROVA (AZE) – Jr Worlds No.2 (Not Ranked)
19. KIM Son-Hyang (PRK) – Asia No.2 (19)
20. Anzhelika VETOSHKINA (RUS) – Spanish GP No.1 (nr)

 

53kg – 2013 European champion Roksana ZASINA (POL) returns to the rankings at No.14 after a win in Warsaw and Carolina CASTILLO HILDAGO (COL) slides over from 20th at 48kg to No.16 at lightweight with a bronze medal from Bucharest.

1. Mayu MUKAIDA (JPN) – World [email protected] ([email protected])
2. Saori YOSHIDA (JPN) – Rio OG No.2 (2)
3. Sofia MATTSSON (SWE) – Rio OG No.3 (3)
4. Vanesa KALADZINSKAYA (BLR) – Europe No.1 (4)
5. Natalya MALYSHEVA (RUS) – Europe No.2 (6)
6. Jessica MacDONALD (CAN) – German GP No.1 (7)
7. Nina HEMMER (GER) – German GP No.2 (9)
8. Jyldyz ESHIMOVA (KAZ) – Asia No.2 (5)
9. Samantha STEWART (CAN) – Sassari Tourney No.1 (10)
10. Katarzyna KRAWCZYK (POL) – Klippan Open No.3 (11)
11. Maria PREVOLARAKI (GRE) – Europe No.3 (12)
12. Liliya HORISHNA (UKR) – European U23 No.1 (13)
13. JONG Myong-Suk (PRK) – Asia No.3 (14)
14. Roksana ZASINA (POL) – Poland Open No.1 (nr)
15. Iulia LEORDA (MDA) – Ion Corneanu Tourney No.1 (nr)
16. Carolina CASTILLO HIDALGO (COL) – Ion Corneanu No.3 ([email protected])
17. Katerina PICHKOVSKAYA (BLR) – German GP No.3 (17)
18. Ksenia NEZGOVOROVA (RUS) – Jr Worlds No.1 (20)
19. Irina HUSYAK (UKR) – Ukraine Int’l No.1 (19) 
20. Stalvira ORSHUSH (RUS) – Poland Open No.2 (nr)

 

55kg – European under-23 champion Tatyana KIT (UKR) jumps seven places to No.7 after a win at the Poland Open while Becka LEATHERS (USA) bounds eight places to No.9 with a win at the Spanish Grand Prix.

1. Odunayo ADEKUOROYE (NGR) – Africa No.1 (2)
2. Sae NANJO (JPN) – Asia No.1 (3)
3. Katsiaryna HANCHAR (BLR) – Dan Kolov No.1 (5)
4. Bilyana DUDOVA (BUL) – Europe No.1 (6)
5. Nina MENKENOVA (RUS) – Yasar Dogu No.2 (8)
6. Ramona GALAMBOS (HUN) – Paris GP No.1 (7)
7. Tatyana KIT (UKR) – Poland Open No.1 (14)
8. Alyona KOLESNIK (AZE) – Europe No.3 (9)
9. Becka LEATHERS (USA) – Spanish GP No.1 (17)
10. Haruna OKUNO (JPN) – Klippan Open No.1 ([email protected])
11. Irina OLOGONOVA (RUS) – World No.2 (4)
12. Irina KURACHKINA (BLR) – European U23 No.1 (10)
13. Mathilde RIVIERE (FRA) – German GP No.1 (12)
14. DAVAASUKH Otgontsetseg (MGL) – Yarygin GP No.2 (11)
15. Lienna MONTERO HERRERA (CUB) – Cerro Pelado No.1 (nr)
16. Bediha GUN (TUR) – Yasar Dogu No.1 (13)
17. ERKHEMBAYAR Davaanchimeg (MGL) – Asia No.3 (15)
18. Alina AKOBIYA (UKR) – European Jrs. No.1 (19)
19. Olena KREMZER (UKR) – Ukraine Int’l No.1 (16)
20. Maria GUROVA (RUS) – Spanish GP No.2 (nr)

58kg – Yuzuru KUMANO (JPN) won her second junior world title in Tampere to go with a pair of bronze medals from the Klippan Open and advance two places in the rankings to No.14.

1. Kaori ICHO (JPN) – Rio OG No.1 (1)
2. Helen MAROULIS (USA) – Rio OG [email protected] ([email protected])
3. Marwa AMRI (TUN) – Spanish GP No.1 (2)
4. Aisuluu TYNYBEKOVA (KGZ) – Asia No.1 (3)
5. Grace BULLEN (NOR) – Europe No.1 (4)
6. Valeria KOBLOVA-ZHOLOBOVA (RUS) – Klippan Open No.1 (5)
7. Michelle FAZZARI (CAN) – German GP No.1 (7)
8. Emese BARKA (HUN) – Europe No.3 (8)
9. Natalya SINISHIN (AZE) – Dan Kolov No.3 (9)
10. Anastasia NICHITA (MDA) – World Jrs No.2 (12)
11. Katsuki SAKAGAMI (JPN) – Asia No.3 (10)
12. Mariana CHERDIVARA-ESANU (MDA) – Europe No.2 (11)
13. Veronika CHUMIKOVA (RUS) – Poland Open No.3 (13)
14. Yuzuru KUMANO (JPN) – World Jrs No.1 (16)
15. Laura MERTENS (GER) – Europe No.3 (15)
16. Elin NILSSON (SWE) – European U23 No.2 (14)
17. Luisa NIEMESCH (GER) – European U23 No.3 (18)
18. Kayla MIRACLE (USA) – Pan America No.3 (19)
19. Derya BAYHAN (TUR) – Yasar Dogu No.1 (17)
20. SARITA, Sarita (IND) – Asia No.2 (20)

60kg – Anastasija GRIGORJEVA (LAT) has collected silver medals at the European championships and the Grand Prix of Spain to climb to No.4 at 60kg after more than four years of competing at 63kg.

1. Risako KAWAI (JPN) – Asia No.1 ([email protected])
2. Lyubov OVCHAROVA (RUS) – Europe No.1 (3)
3. Allison RAGAN (USA) – Pan America No.1 (2)
4. Anastasija GRIGORJEVA (LAT) – Europe No.2 (10)
5. Ayaulym KASSYMOVA (KAZ) – Poland Open No.3 (4)
6. Tatyana OMELCHENKO (AZE) – Europe No.3 (5)
7. Sakshi MALIK (IND) – Asia [email protected] ([email protected])
8. ZHOU Zhangting (CHN) – Poland Open No.1 (9)
9. PEI Xingru (CHN) – World No.1 (1)
10. Mimi HRISTOVA (BUL) – Poland Open No.3 (8)
11. Johanna MATTSSON (SWE) – Europe No.3 (6)
12. BAATARJAV Shoovdor – Poland Open No.2 (19)
13. Linda MORAIS (CAN) – World No.3 (11)
14. Yui SAKANO (JPN) – Schultz Memorial No.1 (7)
15. Yulia PRONTSEVICH (RUS) – Klippan Open No.1 (12)
16. Therese PERSSON (SWE) – German GP No.2 (15)
17. Anzhelina LYSAK (UKR) – Ukraine Int’l No.3 (14)
18. Oksana HERHEL (UKR) – European U23 No.3 (13)
19. Ulyana TUKURENOVA (RUS) – Spanish GP No.3 (20)
20. Gabriella SLEISZ (HUN) – Klippan Open No.3 (17)

63kg – Two-time Olympic Games bronze medalist Jackeline RENTERIA CASTILLO (COL) returns to the rankings at No.12 with her first tourney triumph in nearly 17 months at Ion Corneanu in Bucharest.

1. Yulia TKACH (UKR) – Europe No.3 (2)
2. PUREVDORJ Orkhon (MGL) – Yarygin GP No.1 (4)
3. Taybe YUSEIN (BUL) – Europe No.2 (6)
4. SORONZONBOLD Battsetseg (MGL) – Asia No.1 (5)
5. XU Rui (CHN) – Poland Open No.2 (9)
6. Ayana GEMPEI (JPN) – Asia No.2 (7)
7. Inna TRAZHUKOVA (RUS) – Yarygin GP No.2 (8)
8. Valeria LAZINSKAYA (RUS) – Klippan Open No.1 (12)
9. Braxton STONE (CAN) – German GP No.1 (13)
10. Henna JOHANSSON (SWE) – German GP No.3 (14)
11. Hafize SAHIN (TUR) – Yasar Dogu No.1 (15)
12. Jackeline RENTERIA CASTILLO (COL) - Ion Corneanu No.1 (nr)
13. Maria KUZNETZOVA (RUS) – European Jrs No.1 (16)
14. Monica MICHALIK (POL) – Europe No.1 (10)
15. Petra OLLI (FIN) – European U23 No.1 (11)
16. WANG Xiaoqian (CHN) – Asia No.3 (18)
17. Kriszta INCZE (ROU) – European U23 No.3 (19)
18. Janet SOVERO NINO (PER) – Pan America No.2 (20)
19. Ekaterina LARIONOVA (KAZ) – Rio OG No.3 (17)
20. Maya NELSON (USA) – Jr Worlds No.1 (nr)

69kg – 2014 world champion Aline FOCKEN (GER) defeated Rio 2016 silver medalist Maria MAMASHUK (BLR) in the finals of the Poland Open to climb six places to No.7, followed by Mamashuk who slips five rungs with her move from 63kg.

1. Sara DOSHO (JPN) – Asia No.1 (1)
2. Natalia VOROBIEVA (RUS) – Rio OG No.2 (2)
3. Anastasia BRATCHIKOVA (RUS) – Europe No.1 (3)
4. Koumba LARROQUE (FRA) – Klippan Open No.1 (4)
5. Jenny FRANSSON (SWE) – Klippan Open No.2 (3)
6. Olivia DiBACCO (CAN) – German GP No.1 (7)
7. Aline FOCKEN (GER) – Poland Open No.1 (13)
8. Maria MAMASHUK (BLR) – Poland Open No.2 ([email protected])
9. Alla CHERKASOVA (UKR) – Europe No.3 (5)
10. Tamyra MENSAH (USA) – Yarygin GP No.1 (9)
11. Elmira SYZDYKOVA (KAZ) – Spanish GP No.3 (11)
12. Masako FURUICHI (JPN) – Asia [email protected] (8)
13. Buse TOSUN (TUR) – Yasar Dogu No.1 (12)
14. Elis MANOLOVA (AZE) – Yarygin GP No.3 (14)
15. ZHOU Feng (CHN) – Asia No.3 (10)
16. Martina KUENZ (AUT) – European U23 No.2 (17)
17. Khanum VELIEVA (RUS) – Jr Worlds No.1 (17)
18. Yudaris SANCHEZ RODRIGUEZ (CUB) – Jr Worlds No.2 (nr)
19. Alexandra ANGHEL (ROU) – Yasar Dogu No.3 (20)
20. Danute DOMIKAITYTE (LTU) – German GP No.3 (18)

75kg – 2015 world silver medalist ZHOU Qian (CHN) breaks back into the rankings at No.15 with a third place at the Poland Open won by compatriot and sixth-ranked world team selection PALIHA Paliha (CHN).

1. Erica WIEBE (CAN) – Rio OG No.1 (1)
2. Justina DISTACIO (CAN) – German GP No.1 (2)
3. Yasemin ADAR (TUR) – Europe No.1 (3)
4. Epp MAE (EST) – Spanish GP No.1 (5)
5. Zsanett NEMETH (HUN) – Europe No.2 (4)
6. Paliha PALIHA (CHN) – Asia No.1 (8)
7. Vasilisa MARZALIUK (BLR) – Poland Open No.2 (6)
8. Aline FERREIRA (BRA) – Pan America No.2 (7)
9. Gulmaral YERKEBAYEVA (KAZ) – Poland Open No.3 (10)
10. Svetlana SAENKO (MDA) – Europe No.3 (9)
11. ZHANG Fengliu (CHN) – Rio OG No.3 (7)
12. Anna SCHELL (GER) – Dan Kolov No.3 (13)
13. Andrea OLAYA GUITIERREZ (COL) – Pan America No.3 (14)
14. Elena PEREPELKINA (RUS) – Yarygin GP No.3 (15)
15. ZHOU Qian (CHN) – Poland Open No.3 (nr)
16. Maria SELMAIER (GER) – German GP No.3 (nr)
17. Guzel MANYUROVA (KAZ) – Rio OG No.2 (12)
18. Aiperi MEDET KYZY (KGZ) – Jr Worlds No.1 (nr)
19. Alena STARODUBTSEVA (RUS) – Yarygin GP No.2 (16)
20. Evgenia ANDREICHENKO (BLR) – European Jrs No.3 (nr)