Reigning Olympic and world champion Saori Yoshida won her fourth consecutive title while Kyoko Hamaguchi stretched her title streak to 10 at the national wrestling championships Friday.
Yoshida scored a comfortable 2-0 win on points over Chikako Matsukawa in the woman’s 55-kilogram final at Yoyogi national gymnasium annex, extending her four-year unbeaten run that began after the 2001 national championships.
According to the Japan Wrestling Federation, Yoshida’s winning streak increased to 86 matches with the three wins she posted Friday on her way to winning her latest championship.
It is believed the 23-year-old’s streak is the longest on record in women’s martial arts in Japan, surpassing the mark of 84 matches set by two-time Olympic gold medalist judoka Ryoko Tani in the 1990s.
In the women’s 72 kg, Athens Olympic bronze medalist Hamaguchi steadily racked up points en route to a 2-0 win over Ayako Murashima in the final for her 10th straight national title.
Hamaguchi was named the most valuable player of the championships and awarded the Emperor’s Cup for her accomplishment.
In other action, Olympic and world champion Kaori Icho coasted to her fourth title in as many years at the women’s 63 kg.
In men’s Greco-Roman wrestling, Shingo Matsumoto claimed his seventh crown in a row with an 84-kg victory while Makoto Sasamoto won his six straight title at 60 kg.
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