Matsumoto pushes title run to eight

first_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Shingo Matsumoto extended his title streak to eight at the national wrestling championships Friday with a comfortable 2-0 win over Mitsuhiro Ota in the men’s Greco-Roman 84-kg final.Matsumoto’s winning streak is the second longest for a man at the national championships, tied with Atsuji Miyahara in 1981-88 at the 52-kg level and after Yasutoshi Moriyama’s streak of 14, three in a row in the 82 kg and 11 straight at the 90 kg.center_img “A national title is not my goal,” Matsumoto said after winning on the first day of the three-day event at Tokyo’s Komazawa gymnasium. “I’ll get a medal at the world championships (in September in Azerbaijan) to gain momentum for the Beijing Olympics (in 2008), and my goal is to become a world champion.” last_img

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