Kawai captures third world crown

More Sports Sep 20, 2019

Kawai captures third world crown

Risako Kawai defeated defending women’s 57-kg champion Rong Ningning of China on Thursday to capture the third world championship gold medal of her career. Kawai had booked her spot at next year's Tokyo Olympics in the 57-kg division the day before by winning her semifinal. ...

Wrestling icon Kaori Icho's bid for fifth Olympic title hits wall

More Sports Jul 6, 2019

Wrestling icon Kaori Icho's bid for fifth Olympic title hits wall

Four-time defending Olympic wrestling champion Kaori Icho's bid for a fifth title took a severe hit on Saturday, when the 35-year-old failed to qualify for September's World Wrestling Championships. Icho lost her 57-kg qualification playoff against Rio de Janeiro Olympic 63-kg champ Risako Kawai, who ...

Takuto Otoguro advances to final at worlds

More Sports Oct 22, 2018

Takuto Otoguro advances to final at worlds

Takuto Otoguro advanced to the World Wrestling Championships finals on Sunday, setting up the chance to become Japan's youngest male world champion. Otoguro defeated Russia's Akhmed Chakaev 15-10 in the men's 65-kg weight class on the second day of action at Budapest Sports Arena. The 19-year-old ...

Takahashi wins 57-kg gold

More Sports Aug 26, 2017

Takahashi wins 57-kg gold

Yuki Takahashi defeated Thomas Gilman of the United States 6-0 to win the men's 57-kg freestyle final at the world wrestling championships on Friday for Japan's first freestyle gold in 36 years. The 23-year-old reigning Asian champion and 2016 national champion was appearing in his ...

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 ...

More Sports Sep 13, 2014

Japan ends worlds with four golds

Japan failed to win a medal on Friday in the final women's weight class at the world championships, when Rio Watari lost in the first round of the 63-kg category. Watari's defeat to last year's beaten finalist, Mongolia's Battsetseg Soronzonbold, saw the women finish with ...

More Sports Sep 9, 2014

Takahashi drops third-place match at wrestling worlds

Yuki Takahashi missed out on Japan's first medal at the World Wrestling Championships, losing to Iran's Hassan Rahimi in the men's 57 kg third-place match on Monday. The 20-year-old Takahashi lost to North Korea's Yang Kyong Il in the quarterfinals and moved to the repechage, ...