Decorated wrestler Icho to receive People's Honor Award

Sep 13, 2016

Decorated wrestler Icho to receive People's Honor Award

The government said Tuesday it will bestow the People’s Honor Award on Kaori Icho who became the first female wrestler to win four consecutive Olympic gold medals at last month’s Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. “Her accomplishments have moved many people deeply and ...

Aug 20, 2016

Lalovic praises 'legend' Icho

Nenad Lalovic, the president of United World Wrestling, on Friday paid glowing tribute to Japan’s Kaori Icho after she scored her fourth straight Olympic gold medal in women’s freestyle wrestling at the Rio Games. The 32-year-old Icho defeated Russia’s Valeriia Koblova Zholobova in the ...

Yoshida ready to face pressure, overcome jinx in Rio

Aug 3, 2016

Yoshida ready to face pressure, overcome jinx in Rio

There will be more than meets the eye riding on freestyle wrestler Saori Yoshida’s bid for an unprecedented fourth consecutive Olympic title the Rio Games. Not only will the 33-year-old be aiming to achieve victory in what could likely be her swansong, but she ...

Analysts feel Japan could make big leap in Rio

Jul 6, 2016

Analysts feel Japan could make big leap in Rio

The uncertainty around Russia’s Olympic buildup means Japan and other countries could be in a position to make a significant jump on the medal table at next month’s Rio Olympics, according to a group of analysts. With Russia’s normally successful athletics competitors soon to ...

Mar 4, 2016

World championships finalists to be seeded at Rio Games

The finalists from the world championships last September will be seeded at this summer’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics, United World Wrestling announced Thursday. The decision will boost women’s 53-kg division World champion Saori Yoshida, aiming for her fourth straight Olympic gold, as well as ...

Feb 11, 2016

Injured Icho to skip Asian Championships

Ten-time world champion Kaori Icho, who suffered her first loss on the mats in 13 years late last month, will miss next week’s Asian Championships in Bangkok with a neck injury, a source said Thursday. The 31-year-old hurt her neck during the Golden Grand ...

Icho determined to learn from end of 13-year win streak

Feb 1, 2016

Icho determined to learn from end of 13-year win streak

Ten-time world champion Kaori Icho said Monday she believes she can come back stronger after suffering her first loss on the mats in 13 years at the Golden Grand Prix Ivan Yarygin in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. The 31-year-old Icho, a freestyle wrestling gold medal winner ...

Icho handed first loss since 2003

Jan 30, 2016

Icho handed first loss since 2003

Ten-time world champion Kaori Icho suffered her first loss in 13 years on Friday, going down to Mongolian Orkhon Purevdorj in the final of the women’s 58-kg category at the Golden Grand Prix Ivan Yarygin in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. The 31-year-old Icho, the gold medal ...

Rio-bound Icho collects 12th national title

Dec 22, 2015

Rio-bound Icho collects 12th national title

Kaori Icho, who won her ninth world championship in September, captured her 12th national title on Tuesday, the second day of the All-Japan Wrestling Championships. Icho won the women’s 58-kg division to earn a spot at next summer’s Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, where ...

Icho cruises past Olli to capture world title

Sep 11, 2015

Icho cruises past Olli to capture world title

Kaori Icho breezed to victory against Finland’s Petra Olli in the women’s 58-kg final to capture her 10th world title on Thursday. Icho, a three time Olympic champion, followed up Saori Yoshida’s win the night before, scoring a 10-0 technical fall victory over Olli ...