Getting the hang of Google Spreadsheets so I thought I’d take a crack at the 2014 Asian Games. I had never heard of the Asiad until this year but apparently it’s a pretty big deal over in Asia. A lot of wrestling federations didn’t enter their best wrestlers in the UWW World Championships so they could be fresh and healthy for the Asian Games. So there was some pretty decent wrestling going on in Incheon, South Korea last September.
Anyway, here are the results!
I calculated the points by subtracting the official place from 21, so 1st was worth 20, 2nd 19, etc. No weight class had more than 16 wrestlers (86 kilos in freestyle was the largest, because of that ludicrous weight jump from 74), so everyone who entered the tournament scored points in my system. It should definitely reward the higher finishes more but whatever, I’m lazy and this is good enough.
The color coding should be obvious but its yellow=gold, grey=silver, dark orange=bronze and light orange=fifth.
Iran had the best performance in both styles, no surprises there, but South Korea, perhaps with a home field advantage, finished right there with them. Japan also impressed. North Korea wins the ‘Cuba of Asia’ award by entering 6 wrestlers and getting 3 medals and 2 5th place finishes out of them. The former Soviet republics, India and China also fared pretty well. And it’s nice to see countries you don’t hear much about in the Wrestling community notch some victories, like Iraq and Syria. I wonder how training is even possible for those guys when their home nations are getting literally torn apart right now.