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Kaori Icho

Kaori Icho
Kaori Icho.jpg
Icho at the 2008 Olympics
Personal information
Native name伊調馨
NationalityJapanese
Born13 June 1984 (1984-06-13) (age 35)
Hachinohe, Aomori, Japan
Height166 cm (5 ft 5 in) (2016)
Weight61 kg (134 lb) (2016)
Sport
CountryJapan
SportWrestling
Event(s)Freestyle
ClubSogho Security Services
Coached byKazuhito Sakae

Kaori Icho (Japanese: 伊調 馨, Hepburn: Icho Kaori, born 13 June 1984) is a Japanese freestyle wrestler. She is a ten-time World Champion and four-time Olympic Champion, winning gold in 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016. Icho was undefeated between 2003 and 2016. On 29 January 2016 at the Golden Grand Prix Ivan Yarygin 2016 Icho lost to Orkhon Purevdorzh of Mongolia. This was her first loss after a long domination.[1]

She is the first female in any sport to win individual-event gold at four consecutive Olympics.[2] On October 20, 2016, she was awarded the People's Honour Award by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for her achievements, the second wrestler to receive the highest award, after Saori Yoshida in 2012. She is the younger sister of Chiharu Icho.

Championships and accomplishments

See also

References

  1. ^ "Icho, Hamada Roll While Tsargush, 'Gazi' Rocked at Yarygin Grand Prix". wrestrus.ru. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Wrestler Kaori Icho makes history with fourth straight gold". BBC Sport. 17 August 2016. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  3. ^ "東京スポーツ プロレス大賞:選考経過(2000~2009)". Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  4. ^ "東京スポーツ プロレス大賞(2010~)". Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). Retrieved 16 December 2017.

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