CLERMONT-FERRAND, France – Japan proved its dominance in women’s wrestling Saturday, winning its second straight World Cup title and fourth overall with a rout of Ukraine in the final.
Featuring four Olympic medalists, Japan posted six wins out of the seven matches held in the final for a 22-4 victory on points to complete its successful campaign that also included the drubbings of the United States and Russia in the preliminary round.
In the first match of the final, up-and-coming wrestler Makiko Sakamoto gave Japan the lead with her third 48-kg win in as many appearances in the tournament in France.
Kaori Icho, the 63-kg champion at last summer’s Athens Olympics, and 59-kg wrestler Ayako Shoda overwhelmed their opponents to score wins by fall.
Chiharu Icho, Kaori’s elder sister, and Kyoko Hamaguchi also racked up points for Japan with their victories at 51 kg and 72 kg, respectively.
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