August 31, 1998 19:48
Korean wrestler Sim Kwon-ho won a gold medal at the World Greco-Roman Wrestling Championships in Gavle, Sweden Saturday. The Korean athlete defeated Romanian Marian Sandu, who won silver, and bronze medalist Khaled Al-Faraj, of Syria, on his way to winning the title in the 54-kg category of the world championship. Sim's countryman Kim In-sup also won gold in the 58-kg category at the same tournament, in a final match where he met an opponent from China early Monday morning (Korea local time). The two golds and additional bronze medals won by Choi Sang-soon in the 63-kg category and Son Sang-pil in the 69-kg category placed Korea 2nd overall in the tournament, the best performance posted by a Korean wrestling team in international competition. An official of the Korean Wrestling Association noted that the Korean medal winners are only in their mid-twenties and show great potential for even better performances in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
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