Yoshida, Icho qualify for Olympics

Kyodo

Wrestler Saori Yoshida captured her 10th consecutive title in the women’s 55-kg class, while Kaori Icho won the 63-kg title for the third time in a row at the national championships Friday, allowing them to secure their tickets to next year’s London Olympics.

With the victories, the women met the selection criteria set by the Japan Wrestling Association for their Olympic berths after Yoshida, 29, won her ninth consecutive title and Icho, 27, defended her crown at the world championships in Istanbul in September.