Jiao Huafeng ended China's 16-year gold drought in the Asiad wrestling by
claiming the Greco-Roman 55kg title as South Koreans swept the other three
titles at the 15th Asian Games in Doha yesterday.
Kim Gwang Seok won the Greco-Roman 120kg final to finish a three-gold triumph
for South Korea after his teammates Kim Min Chui and Kim Jung Sub collected one
each from 66kg and 84kg classes respectively.
China has waited for its first Asiad gold since 1990 when it clinched two
golds at home in the Beijing Asiad.
The 25-year-old Jiao beat Amiri Jasem from Iran in the final by a one-point
advantage as he rallied from one round down (2-3) to win the decisive round 5-3.
"I'm really happy to win a gold here. Ten years, I have striven after it for
10 years. It's my best result so far and first gold in Asia," said Jiao, who
beat Kazakhstan's Usupjanov Rinat 3-1 to reach the final this morning.
Sheng Zetian, head coach of the Chinese wrestling team, said it's a gold they
dreamed of for 16 years.
"In the Greco-Roman lightweight categories like 55kg, Asian wrestlers stand
up to lead the world. So it's really hard to win a gold here," said Sheng. "The
gold gives more confidence for the Chinese wrestlers to run for a historical
Olympic gold in Greco-Roman event."
South Korean coach Park Myoung Suk said he was very satisfied with his
"We set a target of four to five gold medals before we came to Doha," said
Park. "I'm very glad that we have reached it on the second day of the wrestling
"It's not easy to win the three finals as our rivals of Iran and Kazakstan
are very strong. I think confidence is the key for our victories," said he.
Kim Gwang Seok beat Ghesmatiazar Sharbaiani Mehdi of Iran to win the 120kg
final after the bronze medals went to Liu Deli of China and Ibragimov Nurbek of
South Korean Kim Jung Sub overpowered Abutabeekh Yahia of Jordan to win the
84kg final after Kim Min Chui beat Ruzikulov Rawshan of Uzbekistan to win the