Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Japanese women wrestlers face same results as in Athens

Kyoko Hamaguchi

BEIJING, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- At the Beijing Olympics over the weekend,Japanese "Fantastic Four" wrestlers got same result as they did in Athens, with Kaori Icho winning women's freestyle 63kg title and Kyoko Hamaguchi ending with a bronze in the 72kg category on Sunday, and Adding Saori Yoshida's 55kg gold and Chiharu Icho's silver in 48kg on Saturday.
Icho, 24, retained her Olympic title by defeating Alena Kartashova of Russia by winning each of two bouts in overtime. The victory made Icho the second woman to successfully defend the Olympic title after Yoshida won the trophy in 55kg. Both Icho and Yoshida are Athens gold medalists.

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