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|Chun wins bronze medal at German Grand Prix|
By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling
DORMAGEN, Germany – 2008 World Champion Clarissa Chun (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) claimed a bronze medal at 48 kg/105.5 lbs. at the German Grand Prix on Sunday.
Chun went 3-1 in the tournament, including a victory over Vanessa Kladzinskaya of Belarus in the bronze-medal match, 6-1, 5-1.
Chun’s only loss came in a very competitive quarterfinal against longtime rival and 2008 Olympic champion Carol Huynh of Canada, 1-0, 1-2, 3-0. A video of that match is posted on the German Grand Prix website at:
Chun, 28, is coming back from a shoulder injury she suffered just before the 2009 World Championships. She recently won the Pan American Championships in Mexico at 48 kg/105.5 lbs
Two-time World champion Kristie Davis (Oklahoma City, Okla./New York AC) competed at 72 kg/158.5 lbs., placing eighth.
Davis, formerly Kristie Marano, went 1-1 in her first wrestling competition in almost two years.
She pinned Lisa Hug of Germany in the second period of her opening match. In the second round, she lost to Roxana Iancolovici of Romania, 0-1, 2-0, 0-1. When Iancolovici failed to reach the finals, Davis was not eligible for the repechage rounds.
Davis, 31, returned to the mat for the first time since she placed third at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials. Since then, she got married, moved to Oklahoma City and gave birth to her second daughter.
Davis has won a record nine World medals during her career, the most of any U.S. women’s wrestler. Included were World titles in 2000 and 2003.
Neither wrestler competed in the U.S. Open in Cleveland, and will enter the World Team Trials in Council Bluffs, Iowa, June 11-12, in the Challenge Tournament at their weight class.
GERMAN GRAND PRIX
At Dormagen, Germany, May 22-23
44 kg/97 lbs.
Gold - Nadezda Fedorova (Russia)
Silver - Tabatha Grunewald (France)
Bronze - Lina Myreeva (Russia)
Bronze - Katharina Baumgartner (Germany)
5th - Bettina Kruppke (Germany)
5th - Jane Schmieder (Thüringen)
7th - Ramona Balfour (Canada)
8th - Agata Lagozna (Czarny Bor – Poland)
9th - Jasmin van Berkum (Nordrhein-Westfalen - Germany)
48 kg/105.5 lbs.
Gold - Carol Huynh (Canada)
Silver - Lenka Matejova (Slovakia)
Bronze - Clarissa Chun (USA)
Bronze - Anna Lukasiak (Poland)
5th - Vanesa Kaladzinskaya (Belarus)
5th - Jasmine Slinn (Canada)
7th - Jessica Blaszka (Netherlands)
8th - Julita Omilusik (Czarny Bor - Poland)
9th - Annika Hofmann (Germany)
10th - Natalia Tarakanovskaya (Russia)
51 kg/112.25 lbs.
Gold - Natalia Budu (Moldova)
Silver - Estera Dobre (Romania)
Bronze - Jessica MacDonald (Canada)
Bronze - Ekaterina Kransova (Russia)
5th - Nadine Tokar (Switzerland)
5th - Mélanie Lesaffre (France)
7th - Aurélie Basset (France)
8th - Ilona Omilusik (Czarny Bor – Poland)
9th - Raissa Catienda (France)
10th - Mariya Ivanova-Yahorava (Belarus)
55 kg/121 lbs.
Gold - Ana Maria Paval (Romania)
Silver - Katsiaryna Yanushkevich (Belarus)
Bronze - Tatjana Debien (France)
Bronze - Natascha Ballas (Germany)
5th - Anna Maximova (Russia)
5th - Jennifer Brück (Nordrhein-Westfalen - Germany)
7th - Zalina Sidakova (Belarus)
8th - Jillian Gallays (Canada)
9th - Saga Andersson (Sweden)
10th - Catalina Rosca (Romania)
59 kg/130 lbs.
Gold - Evelina Gryvik (Sweden)
Silver - Margarita Fatkulina (Russia)
Bronze - Zhargalma Tsyrenova (Russia)
Bronze - Alena Filipava (Belarus)
5th - Fabienne Wittenwiler (Switzerland)
5th - Laura Raffler (Austria)
7th - Christiane Knittel (Germany)
8th - Olivia Gunnell (Canada)
9th - Ramona Ballas (Nordrhein-Westfalen - Germany)
10th - Irina Petrova (Latvia)
63 kg/138.75 lbs.
Gold - Hanna Beliayeva (Belarus)
Silver - Yvonne Englich (Germany)
Bronze - Danielle Lappage (Canada)
Bronze - Aline Focken (Germany)
5th - Maria Selmaier (Germany)
5th - Elena Balzer (Nordrhein-Westfalen – Germany)
7th - Stephanie Maierhofer (Austria)
8th - Sara Storgärd (Sweden)
9th - Mélanie Lefranc (France)
10th - Andrea Simon (Romania)
67 kg/147.5 lbs.
Gold - Martine Dugrenier (Canada)
Silver - Maja Erlansen (Norway)
Bronze - Jenny Aardalen (Norway)
Bronze - Åse Karlsson (Sweden)
5th - Oxana Nagornykh (Russia)
5th - Raphaela Kopetschek (Württemberg - Germany)
7th - Marianna Kolic (France)
8th - Patrycja Kiecana (Czarny Bor – Poland)
9th - Sandra Mäkelä (Sweden)
10th - Sydney Morrison (Canada)
72 kg/158.5 lbs.
Gold - Ekaterina Bukina (Russia)
Silver - Marina Gastl (Austria)
Bronze - Vasilisa Marzaliuk (Belarus)
Bronze - Cynthia Vescan (France)
5th - Jennifer Bünten (Germany)
5th - Roxana Iancolovici (Romania)
7th - Yuliya Dravaziuk (Belarus)
8th - Kristie Marano Davis (USA)
9th - Maria Müller (Germany)
10th - Eva-Maria Maierhofer (Austria)
U.S. women’s performances
48 kg/105.5 lbs. – Clarissa Chun, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids), 3rd
WIN Ionaa Kryiakou (Nordhein-Westfalen-Germany) pin 0:30
LOSS Carol Huynh (Canada), 1-0, 1-2, 3-0
WIN Christina Croitoru (Romania), 4-0. 2-0
WIN Vanessa Kladzinskaya (Belarus), 6-1, 5-1
72 kg/158.5 lbs. – Kristie Marano Davis, Oklahoma City, Okla. (New York AC), 8th
WIN Lisa Hug (Germany), pin 0-1, 2:39
LOSS Roxana Iancolovici (Romania), 0-1, 2-0, 0-1
1. Russia, 33
2. Germany, 23
3. Canada, 22
4. Belarus, 21
5. France, 15
6. Romania, 13
7. Sweden, 10
8. Norway, 9
9. Austria, 7
10. Moldova, 6
11. Slovakia, 5
12. United States, 4
12. Nordrhein-Westfalen (GER), 4
12. Poland, 4
12. Switzerland, 4
16. Württemberg (GER), 2
16. Thüringen, 2