Japan demolished the competition to claim its first title in two years and third overall with an unbeaten record at the women’s wrestling World Cup on Saturday.
The Olympic medal-winning quartet of Chiharu Icho (48 kg), Saori Yoshida (55 kg), Kaori Icho (63 kg) and Kyoko Hamaguchi (72 kg) steered the host to a 5-0 record at the two-day meet, including 6-1 victories over Russia and China on the final day at Komazawa Gymnasium.
Japan, which placed second at the previous World Cup, finished ahead of runnerup Canada (4-1) and China followed in third at 3-2 in the six-nation round-robin competition featuring seven weight categories.
The United States, which won the title last year, finished in a disappointing fifth with a 1-4 record.
Five-time world champion Hamaguchi was named the MVP after winning four matches, while Yoshida extended her winning streak against foreign wrestlers to 79.
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