Saori Yoshida

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Saori Yoshida
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Saori Yoshida
Medal record
Women's wrestling
Competitor for  Japan
Summer Olympics
Gold 2004 Athens 55 kg
Gold 2008 Beijing 55 kg
Gold 2012 London 55 kg
World Championships
Gold 2002 Chalkida 55 kg
Gold 2003 New York 55 kg
Gold 2005 Budapest 55 kg
Gold 2006 Guangzhou 55 kg
Gold 2007 Baku 55 kg
Gold 2008 Tokyo 55 kg
Gold 2009 Herning 55 kg
Gold 2010 Moscow 55 kg
Gold 2011 Istanbul 55 kg
Gold 2012 Canada 55 kg
Gold 2013 Budapest 55 kg
Asian Games
Gold 2002 Busan 55 kg
Gold 2006 Doha 55 kg
Gold 2010 Guangzhou 55 kg

Saori Yoshida (吉田 沙保里 Yoshida Saori?, born October 5, 1982 in Tsu, Mie, Japan) is a wrestler who won three consecutive Olympic gold medals in the Women's Freestyle 55 kg at 2004, 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics.[1] Her streak of 14 consecutive world titles is unprecedented.

Since her debut in 2002, she has won practically every world- and international-level tournament she has entered. In September 2006, she surpassed a 100-match winning streak.

Until January 20, 2008, Yoshida had never lost an international match at the Senior level and held a streak of 119 consecutive victories, when American Marcie Van Dusen defeated her, 2–0 during the Team World Cup series in Beijing, China.

Yoshida's 58-match win streak was snapped on 27 May 2012, when she lost to Russian Valeria Zholobova at the World Cup in Tokyo.[2]

She surpassed Aleksandr Karelin's consecutive world title winning streak record of 12 by winning the international championship in Sep 2012.[3]

She was the Olympic flagbearer for Japan at both the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Games in London. Previously eight Japanese women had served as flagbearers, but none had won gold.[4] She won the gold medal in the 55 kg women's freestyle wrestling,[5] her third successive Olympic gold medal in the event,[6] making her the second Japanese woman after Kaori Icho to win three gold medals in wrestling.[7]

On September 28, 2012, at the World Wrestling Championships in Sherwood Park, Alberta, Saori Yoshida made history winning her 13th world championship victory, becoming the most decorated wrestler since the inception of the sport.

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Olympic Games
Preceded by
Ai Fukuhara
Flagbearer for  Japan
London 2012
Succeeded by
Incumbent