Women wrestlers deliver for Japan

Japan’s Kaori Icho has become the first wrestler in Olympic history to win four gold medals. Icho scored a takedown with less than five seconds left to beat Russia’s Valeriia Koblova Zholobova 3-2 in 58-kilogram women’s freestyle. Japanese women clinched gold in the 48kg and the 69kg categories too.

Kaori Icho also is the first woman to win an individual gold medal in four straight Olympics.   -  Getty Images

Eri Tosaka of Japan celebrates on the podium after winning the women's 48kg freestyle wrestling event.   -  Getty Images

Japan’s Kaori Icho has become the first wrestler in Olympic history to win four gold medals. Icho scored a takedown with less than five seconds left to beat Russia’s Valeriia Koblova Zholobova 3-2 in 58-kilogram women’s freestyle.

Icho also is the first woman to win an individual gold medal in four straight Olympics, having started her historic run at the inaugural women's tournament in Athens in 2004. Russia’s Alexander Karelin leads the short list of men with three wrestling golds.

Icho’s teammate, Saori Yoshida, will try to match Icho’s four consecutive golds on Thursday.

Sakshi Malik > won bronze to give India its first medal of the Rio Games.

Tosaka wins gold

Eri Tosaka won gold in the 48-kilogram division of the women’s wrestling tournament, giving Japan its eighth Olympic gold in women’s freestyle with a last-second takedown.

Tosaka stunned Azerbaijan’s Mariya Stadnik 3-2 for her fourth consecutive world title.

Down to her final shot, Tosaka got a hold of Stadnik’s leg with five seconds left for a two-point takedown and an improbable win.

Stadnik took silver for the second Olympics in a row. China’s Yanan Sun won bronze with a 10-0 blowout that lasted less than a period. Bulgaria’s Elitsa Atanasova Yankkova also took bronze.

Dosho wins for Japan

Sara Dosho of Japan clinched gold in the women's 69kg freestyle by defeating Natalia Vorobieva of Russia 3-1.

Jenny Fransson of Sweden and Kazakhstan's Elmira Syzdykova won the bronze medals.

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