Japanese freestyle wrestler Kaori Icho managed to win her third Olympic Women’s freestyle wrestling 63 KG gold medal. Icho defeated China’s Jing Ruixue 3-0 in the final at the Excel Arena on August 8, 2012.
The victory of Icho meant that she remained the only Olympic Champion in an event which made its debut at the 2004 Games held at Athens. The Japanese wrestler is now on the process to become the first triple women’s wrestling gold medallist.
On the opening day of the women’s wrestling contest saw Japan claim another gold on offer when Hitomi Obara came out of retirement to compete at her first and afterwards she said that it would be her only. Icho said, “There were things I could not do in the final, but I’m happy to achieve my goal. In the final, I was able to tackle both legs of my opponent. I am happy I could do that because I have practised this technique.”
The wrestler also said that she felt the pressure while leading up to London. Icho added that she feels that she has a great responsibility in fighting at the Olympic Games. The wrestler started off by defeating Canada’s Martine Dugrennier, Sweden’s Henna Johansson and Mongolia’s Battetseg Soronzonbold.