Kaori ICHO

Japan JPN

Wrestling

  • Olympic Medals
    4 G
  • Games participations
    4
  • First Olympic Games
    Athens 2004
  • Year of Birth
    1984
Olympic Results

Biography

Kaori ICHO

Japanese freestyle wrestler Kaori Ichō has never lost a bout at the Olympics and won her first gold at Athens 2004 before repeating the feat at Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016. The first female Olympian to win four consecutive titles in the same discipline, she is a legend in both her native country and her sport.

Facebook had yet to see the light of day and Twitter was still three years away from being launched when Japan’s Kaori Ichō suffered her last defeat on the mat for 13 years, in 2003, a year before women’s freestyle wrestling made its first appearance on the Olympic programme. Born in Hachinoe, at the northern tip of Japan’s main island of Honshu, and hailing from a family of wrestlers, the Japanese athlete has put together an extraordinarily successful career since then. The first woman in history to win individual gold in the same discipline at four consecutive Olympics, Ichō has a perfect record at the Games, and gave notice of her rich talent in becoming a national champion at the age of only 17. A year later, in 2002, she landed her first world title, in the 62kg class in Chalkida (GRE), a title she retained the following year in New York.

Maiden gold in Athens

Athens 2004 saw the first women’s freestyle wrestling competition in Olympic history, with four weight categories in total. Competing in the 63kg class, the technically gifted and energetic Ichō, who had just turned 20, made short work of her opponents in the elimination pool before beating France’s Lise Legrand 4-0 in the semis. Waiting for her in the final was none other than the USA’s Sara McMann, the wrestler who had inflicted that 2003 defeat on her, at the Klippan Open in Sweden. The rising Japanese star gained revenge with a 3-2 victory, giving her a gold to go with the silver won by her older sister Chiharu in the 48kg class.

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Rio 2016

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Lightweight, Freestyle (≤58 kilograms)
Lightweight, Freestyle (≤58 kilograms) Wrestling
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London 2012

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Middleweight, Freestyle (≤63 kilograms)
Middleweight, Freestyle (≤63 kilograms) Wrestling
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Results Event Sport

Beijing 2008

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Middleweight, Freestyle (≤63 kilograms)
Middleweight, Freestyle (≤63 kilograms) Wrestling
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Results Event Sport

Athens 2004

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Middleweight, Freestyle (≤63 kilograms)
Middleweight, Freestyle (≤63 kilograms) Wrestling