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 ...

Yoshida, Icho book spots at wrestling worlds

Jun 21, 2015

Yoshida, Icho book spots at wrestling worlds

London Olympic champions Saori Yoshida and Kaori Icho won their weight divisions on Sunday at Japan’s national invitational championships to earn spots at September’s world championships in Las Vegas. However, Shinichi Yumoto, who won the men’s freestyle 55-kg bronze medal in London, announced he ...

Yoshida, Icho extend dominance

Sep 12, 2014

Yoshida, Icho extend dominance

Three-time Olympic champion Saori Yoshida beat Sofia Mattsson of Sweden in the women’s 53-kg final to claim her 12th consecutive title at the wrestling world championships on Thursday. Three-time Olympic champion Kaori Icho made it a double victory for Japan in the three weight ...

Yoshida, Icho claim national titles in new weight classes

Jun 15, 2014

Yoshida, Icho claim national titles in new weight classes

Olympic wrestling standouts Saori Yoshida and Kaori Icho each won in her new weight division on Sunday at Japan’s National Invitational Championships, an event that doubles as a qualifier for this year’s world championships. Yoshida, who had been unrivaled at 55 kg, dropped down ...

Wrestler Yoshida captures 11th national title

Dec 23, 2013

Wrestler Yoshida captures 11th national title

Saori Yoshida captured her 11th women’s 55-kg title on Monday, the final day of the Japan national championships. Yoshida, who has won 11 consecutive world championships and three straight Olympic gold medals in the division, defeated Chiho Hamada in the final to resume her ...