Yoshida, Icho triumph at invitational wrestling meet

Kyodo

Saori Yoshida, who between the Olympics and the world championships has won 13 consecutive gold medals in the women’s 55-kg division, triumphed at the All-Japan Invitational Championships on Sunday.

On the second and final day of competition at Yoyogi National Gymnasium, Yoshida won her 11th invitational championships title and her first in two years. Results at the meet are used to select Japan’s team for September’s world championships in Budapest.

Kaori Icho, the three-time defending Olympic champion in the women’s 63-kg class, also won here for the first time in two years and is likely to be named along with Yoshida to the team to compete in Budapest.

Among the men, 18-year-old Daichi Takatani earned his first title in the 60-kg freestyle, but failed to earn a berth at the worlds when he was defeated by national champion Shogo Maeda in a playoff for a spot on the national team.

Norikatsu Saikawa, the national 96-kg Greco-Roman champion, added an invitational championship to his portfolio — the two titles guaranteeing him a trip to Budapest.