Defending champion Makiko Sakamoto won a decision over Chiharu Icho in the 48-kg weight class final at the Japan Queens Cup women’s wrestling tournament Tuesday, forcing a playoff in April to decide a berth for this summer’s Athens Olympics.
The decisive match between Sakamoto and Icho will take place at the same venue April 13.
Elsewhere, Saori Yoshida, Kaori Icho, and Kyoko Hamaguchi booked spots to Athens after claiming titles in the 55-kg, 63-kg and 72-kg categories, respectively.
The three wrestlers are the reigning world champions in their weight classes.
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