Retiring Wrestling Star Yoshida Satisfied over Career

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Tokyo, Jan. 10 (Jiji Press)--Saori Yoshida, a three-time Olympic gold medalist in women's wrestling, voiced satisfaction over her 33-year career on Thursday, two days after she announced her retirement from competition.

"I began to feel it was alright to hand over the baton" to the next generation after seeing younger athletes thriving in the wrestling world, Yoshida, 36, told a news conference in Tokyo.

"I've decided to retire as I strongly feel that I've done everything I can," she added. She said she made the decision last month.

Yoshida, who started wrestling at the age of 3, won three straight Olympic gold medals from the 2004 Summer Games in Athens, the first Olympics that included woman's wrestling as official events. She also won 13 consecutive world championships.

When asked about her most memorable medal, Yoshida picked the silver she won at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.

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