Yoshida ready to face pressure, overcome jinx in Rio

More Sports Aug 3, 2016

Yoshida ready to face pressure, overcome jinx in Rio

There will be more than meets the eye riding on freestyle wrestler Saori Yoshida's bid for an unprecedented fourth consecutive Olympic title the Rio Games. Not only will the 33-year-old be aiming to achieve victory in what could likely be her swansong, but she has ...

Analysts feel Japan could make big leap in Rio

Olympics Jul 6, 2016

Analysts feel Japan could make big leap in Rio

The uncertainty around Russia's Olympic buildup means Japan and other countries could be in a position to make a significant jump on the medal table at next month's Rio Olympics, according to a group of analysts. With Russia's normally successful athletics competitors soon to find ...

Olympics Jul 1, 2016

Wrestler Yoshida named Japan Olympic team captain

Wrestler Saori Yoshida, the three-time defending Olympic women's 53-kg champion has been selected to captain the Rio de Janeiro Olympic delegation, the Japanese Olympic Committee said Friday. The 33-year-old Yoshida, who was Japan's flag bearer at the 2012 London Olympics, will be the first woman ...

More Sports Mar 4, 2016

World championships finalists to be seeded at Rio Games

The finalists from the world championships last September will be seeded at this summer's Rio de Janeiro Olympics, United World Wrestling announced Thursday. The decision will boost women's 53-kg division World champion Saori Yoshida, aiming for her fourth straight Olympic gold, as well as Kaori ...

Icho cruises past Olli to capture world title

More Sports Sep 11, 2015

Icho cruises past Olli to capture world title

Kaori Icho breezed to victory against Finland's Petra Olli in the women's 58-kg final to capture her 10th world title on Thursday. Icho, a three time Olympic champion, followed up Saori Yoshida's win the night before, scoring a 10-0 technical fall victory over Olli to ...

Yoshida, Icho book spots at wrestling worlds

More Sports Jun 21, 2015

Yoshida, Icho book spots at wrestling worlds

London Olympic champions Saori Yoshida and Kaori Icho won their weight divisions on Sunday at Japan's national invitational championships to earn spots at September's world championships in Las Vegas. However, Shinichi Yumoto, who won the men's freestyle 55-kg bronze medal in London, announced he would ...

Yoshida, Icho extend dominance

More Sports Sep 12, 2014

Yoshida, Icho extend dominance

Three-time Olympic champion Saori Yoshida beat Sofia Mattsson of Sweden in the women's 53-kg final to claim her 12th consecutive title at the wrestling world championships on Thursday. Three-time Olympic champion Kaori Icho made it a double victory for Japan in the three weight classes ...