Japanese wrestler Saori Yoshida, undefeated in 157 matches in individual competitions, is on a quest for a hat-trick of Olympic titles and believes she can not be stopped. She could be considered the most intimidating athlete in any sport at this year’s edition of Olympic Games in London, the international press comments.
Yoshida won the gold medal in 2004 and 2008 women’s 55-kg category. She never lost a game at the Olympics or in any international or Asian individual championship.
“If I wrestle the way I can, I won’t lose. That’s the way I feel going to London,” says the 29-year-old, 1.56 metres tall athlete.
If she wins at the Olympics she will add the three titles to the nine consecutive world crowns and thus equal the historic record of 12 world titles held by Russian Greco-Roman wrestler Alexander Karelin.
“Fear is there. Anything can happen at an Olympics,” says Yoshida. “I want to use the experience I gained from Athens and Beijing – the fear too – and build a me that can’t lose,” she added.