This year’s Rio Olympics are the fourth Olympic Games to feature women’s wrestling as a competitive sport. And at each of those Olympics, there has been only one dominant team: Japan.
Two championship female wrestlers on the Japanese team, Saori Yoshida and Kaori Icho, are on course to win their fourth consecutive gold medals in the competition, leaving them poised to join just two other athletes in history, Al Oerter and Carl Lewis, who have won four consecutive golds in the same event. The women have won gold medals at the Athens, Beijing, and London games previously, and are expected to dominate their class match-ups this year, according to Reuters. Icho is a ten-time world champion, while Yoshida has 13 world titles to her credit.
The women’s wrestling matches take place August 14 through August 21.
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