Olympic Wrestling Champ Yoshida Announces Retirement


Tokyo, Jan. 8 (Jiji Press)--Saori Yoshida, a three-time Olympic gold medalist in women's wrestling, announced her retirement from competition on Tuesday.

"I decided to end my 33-year career as wrestler," Yoshida, 36, said in a Twitter post.

Yoshida, known for her high-speed tackles, garnered three straight Olympic gold medals, in the 2004 Games in Athens, where women's wrestling was adopted as an official competition for the first time, the 2008 Games in Beijing and the 2012 Games in London.

She also won 13 consecutive world championships, thus collecting 16 straight titles in the international arena.

In the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Yoshida served as captain of the Japanese delegation and grabbed a silver medal.

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