Date : 09 Jan 2019
Tokyo, Japan, January 9, 2019: Japan’s three-time Olympic women’s wrestling champion Saori Yoshida has announced her retirement just 18 months before the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The 36-year-old grappler won Olympic gold at Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012 before being beaten in the Rio 2016 53kg final by Helen Maroulis of the United States. Only compatriot Kaori Icho has more Olympic wrestling titles with four.
Yoshida also claimed 13 consecutive world titles up to 2015, making her the most successful wrestler - male or female - of all time.
She posted a message on Twitter at 10.52pm on January 7 with a photo of her 16 global gold medals and her Rio silver.
"Thank you for always supporting Saori Yoshida. Now I have decided to end my 33-year career as a wrestler,” she wrote.
"I have done my best as an active wrestler for a long time thanks to the cheers and support of many people. Thank you very much, everyone."
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