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Dosho completes Japan’s sweep of Wednesday’s wrestling events

Wrestling - Olympics: Day 12

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 17: Sara Dosho of Japan celebrates after defeating Anna Jenny Fransson (not pictured) of Sweden in a Women’s Freestyle 69kg Semifinal bout on Day 12 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Caioca Arena 2 on August 17, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

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Having already taken gold in the women’s flyweight and lightweight freestyle wrestling competitions, Japan made it a clean sweep of Wednesday’s gold medal matches with by winning the welterweight division.

Sara Dosho took gold with a win over Russia’s Natalya Vorobiyeva, the reigning welterweight world champion, in the gold medal match. Dosho is the first Olympic gold medalist in the welterweight division, which was just added ahead of the Rio Olympics. Eri Tosaka and Kaori Icho took gold in their respective weight classes, flyweight and lightweight, earlier Wednesday.

And of the 15 gold medals awarded in women’s wrestling since it was added for the 2004 Summer Olympics, Japan has won ten of them.

Taking bronze were Elmira Syzdykova of Kazakhstan and Anna Fransson of Sweden, with Fransson’s medal being the first for Sweden in women’s wrestling.