Wrestling icon Yoshida wants to compete at 2020 Tokyo Games

Sep 1, 2016

Wrestling icon Yoshida wants to compete at 2020 Tokyo Games

Three-time Olympic champion Saori Yoshida expressed her desire to make another appearance in freestyle wrestling in four years when the Olympics come to Japan. Yoshida, who succumbed to American Helen Maroulis in a shock women’s freestyle 53-kg final defeat, missed the chance to join ...

Japanese medalists thank fans, look ahead to 2020

Aug 24, 2016

Japanese medalists thank fans, look ahead to 2020

Japanese athletes who won medals during the Rio Olympics expressed their appreciation Wednesday to all those who cheered for them during the 17-day event, which came to a close Sunday, and looked forward to more excitement at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The 55 athletes, ...

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 ...

Jul 1, 2016

Wrestler Yoshida named Japan Olympic team captain

Wrestler Saori Yoshida, the three-time defending Olympic women’s 53-kg champion has been selected to captain the Rio de Janeiro Olympic delegation, the Japanese Olympic Committee said Friday. The 33-year-old Yoshida, who was Japan’s flag bearer at the 2012 London Olympics, will be the first ...

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 ...

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 collects more gold at world championships

Sep 10, 2015

Yoshida collects more gold at world championships

Saori Yoshida won her 16th world or Olympic freestyle title Wednesday night at the World Wrestling Championships. The most decorated athlete in wrestling history, the 32-year-old Yoshida won her 13th title at worlds — to go with three Olympic golds in as many tries ...

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 ...