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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Hawaii's Clarissa Chun places ninth in wrestling world championships

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Hawai‘i's Clarissa Chun finished ninth today in the 105.5-pound (48-kilogram) women's division of the World Wrestling Championships in Herning, Denmark.

Chun, a 2008 world champion who wrestled with an injured shoulder, dropped a three-period (4-0, 2-2, 1-0) decision to 17-year-old North Korean Sim Hyang So in the second round.
Chun, 28, is a 1999 Roosevelt High graduate from Kapolei.
So reached the semifinals, but lost to world champion Iorisa Oorzhak of Russia. That knocked Chun out of the event because So did not reach the finals.
Chun dropped the first period 4-0, but fought back to score a takedown with two seconds left in the period to send the bout to a third period.
No one scored in the third period and the match went to the ball draw. So won the draw and quickly finished for a takedown to win the match.
"I thought I was ready to go, regardless of what injury I had," Chun said in a story at the USA Wrestling Web site. "I kept fighting. I didn't want to lose. I definitely dropped the ball in the third period. I got too comfortable. I should have attacked her like I was losing. I should have come after her and not let it go (to the ball draw)."
Chun defeated Mehvynna Tambunan of Singapore in the first round, 6-0, 6-0.