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Japan’s Icho Wins 3rd Freestyle Wrestling Gold

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Kaori Icho of Japan won her third Olympic gold medal in succession against China’s Jing Ruixue on Wednesday with a 3-0 win in the final of the women’s 63 kilogram freestyle wrestling class.

Kaori Icho of Japan won her third Olympic gold medal in succession against China’s Jing Ruixue on Wednesday with a 3-0 win in the final of the women’s 63 kilogram freestyle wrestling class.

Spurred on by vocal Japanese support at the ExCel Arena, Icho took immediate advantage with a three-point throw in the first minute of the first round, and won the second with two smaller throws to wrap up the win.

Seven-time world champion Icho, 28, remains undefeated at the Olympics after ending Jing’s hopes of a first major title since 2007.

Mongolia’s Battsetseg Suronzonbold and Russia’s Lyubov Volosova wrestled their way to bronze earlier Wednesday.

Suronzonbold won Mongolia’s first wrestling medal since 1980 with a 3-0 victory on points over Canada’s Martine Dugrenier, a three-time world champion who also lost her bronze medal match in Beijing four years ago.

Volosova, three times a world championship losing finalist, defeated Poland’s Monika Ewa Michalik in a clinch at the end of the third period to win 3-1 on points.