Yoshida grabs Queens Cup gold

Kyodo News

Athens Olympic champion Saori Yoshida overpowered the field en route to winning her sixth consecutive title in the women’s 55-kg weight category at the Japan Queens Cup on Saturday.

News photoSaori Yoshida

Yoshida did not drop a point in all three matches, finishing off Chikako Matsukawa 2-0 in the final at Komazawa Gymnasium to extend her winning streak to 106 matches while booking her spot for the world championships in Azerbaijan in September.

Kaori Icho, gold medalist at 63 kg in Athens, beat Ayako Shoda 2-0 for her seventh consecutive title in the weight category while Chiharu Icho, Kaori’s older sister, claimed her fourth victory at 48 kg. Kyoko Hamaguchi won for the 11th time at 72 kg and also booked a spot for September.