Tsugumi Sakurai takes Japan’s fifth gold at wrestling world championship

Tsugumi Sakurai secured Japan’s fifth gold medal at the wrestling world championships on Thursday, defeating the Rio de Janeiro Olympic gold medalist Helen Maroulis of the United States in the women’s 57-kilogram final.
The 21-year-old Sakurai won an intense encounter in Belgrade after scoring a second-period takedown against the 30-year-old Maroulis, who denied Saori Yoshida her fourth straight Olympic gold in 2016 at 53 kg. She beat Maroulis 3-0.

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