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Japan's Saori Yoshida completes wrestling gold medal hat-trick

Updated: Thursday, 09 Aug 2012 19:52 | Comments

Saori Yoshida celebrates her triumph
Saori Yoshida celebrates her triumph

Saori Yoshida won her third successive Olympic gold to maintain Japan's dominance of women's wrestling at London 2012.

Yoshida beat Canada's Tonya Lynn Verbeek 3-0 2-0 in tonight's final of the -55kg weight category.

Verbeek was looking to add gold to her collection of Olympic silver and bronze medals, but the 34-year-old could not handle Yoshida, who was roared on by a raucous Japanese following at the ExCeL.

A tense opening period was scoreless until 20 seconds from the end when Yoshida picked her opponent up and dumped her off the mat.

The Japanese then shunted Verbeek off the mat in the second period to claim victory.

Japan have now won all three gold medals in women's wrestling at the Olympics following the victories of Kaori Icho and Hitomi Obara.

Jackeline Renteria Castillo of Colombia and Azerbaijan's Yuliya Ratkevich claimed the two bronze medals.

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