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 ...

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 ...

Yoshida leads Japan to wrestling World Cup win

Mar 16, 2014

Yoshida leads Japan to wrestling World Cup win

Japan, led by three-time Olympic champion Saori Yoshida, beat Russia 8-0 in the final to lift the women’s World Cup for a seventh time on Sunday. China finished third in the event at Azusawa Gymnasium. It was Japan’s first title in two years. Yoshida, ...