Three-time Olympic champion Saori Yoshida of Japan won an unprecedented 10th consecutive title Friday after beating American Helen Maroulis in the 55-kg final of the Women’s World Wrestling Championships.
Yoshida came from behind to overcome European champion Nataliya Synyshyn of Ukraine in the semifinals before scoring a fall in the second period of her match against Maroulis.
The victory gave the 29-year-old Yoshida a combined 13th Olympic and world title, one more than Russian legend Alexander Karelin who earned three Olympic gold medals and nine world championships in the men’s 130-kg class between 1988 and 1999.
Yoshida’s streak began at the 2002 world championships and includes Olympic golds in 2004, 2008 and last month in London. She has also won 10 national championships.