Saori YOSHIDA

Japan JPN

Wrestling

  • Olympic Medals
    3 G
    1 S
  • Games participations
    4
  • First Olympic Games
    Athens 2004
  • Year of Birth
    1982
Olympic Results

Biography

Saori YOSHIDA

Undefeated in major championships between 2002 and 2016, Japanese freestyle wrestler Saori Yoshida won 13 world titles in a row and three consecutive Olympic gold medals, at Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012. Though she was prevented from making it four by the USA’s Helen Maroulis at Rio 2016, the Japanese star is hoping to go for gold again in Tokyo.

The perfect pedigree

Born in Tsu, on the Pacific coast of Japan’s main island, Honshu, Saori Yoshida is the daughter of Eikatsu Yoshida, who won a freestyle wrestling gold at Tokyo 1964 and later became Japan’s national team coach. Just as he had done with her two older brothers, he introduced Saori to the mat at a very early age, when she was only three.

He died in March 2014, six months before she won her twelfth straight world title, a triumph she dedicated to him: “I wanted this victory for him,” she revealed. “He always put wrestling before all else, and he will continue to support me from heaven. I will be a champion for my father.”

The queen of 55kg

In the 10 years between winning her first world title in Chalcis (GRE) in November 2002 and claiming her third Olympic gold medal at London 2012, Yoshida lost just two bouts, both in FILA World Cup tournaments. The first of those defeats came against Marcie Van Dusen of the Netherlands in 2008, and the second against Russia’s Valeria Koblova in 2012.

Olympic Results

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Rio 2016

S
Featherweight, Freestyle (≤53 kilograms)
Featherweight, Freestyle (≤53 kilograms) Wrestling
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London 2012

G
Lightweight, Freestyle (≤55 kilograms)
Lightweight, Freestyle (≤55 kilograms) Wrestling
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Beijing 2008

G
Lightweight, Freestyle (≤55 kilograms)
Lightweight, Freestyle (≤55 kilograms) Wrestling
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Results Event Sport

Athens 2004

G
Lightweight, Freestyle (≤55 kilograms)
Lightweight, Freestyle (≤55 kilograms) Wrestling