Kaori Icho eyes historic fourth gold medal on Day 4 of wrestling

Kaori Icho at the world championships

On Monday, Greco-Roman wrestler Mijain Lopez won his third consecutive Olympic title. It moved him into a tie for most gold medals all-time in wrestling.

But his status at the top may only last two days.

On Wednesday, Kaori Icho will attempt to win a record fourth straight Olympic title. Ever since women’s wrestling was added to the Olympic program in 2004, the Japanese star has won gold at every Games.

Outside of Olympic competition, Icho has been equally as dominant. She has collected 10 world titles and did not lose a match for nearly 13 years.

Her winning streak, which had reached 189 consecutive matches, finally ended in January. The Mongolian who beat her, Orkhon Purevdorj, will be among the wrestlers looking to dethrone her in Rio.

Icho, now 32, is on the verge of history. Should she falter, her teammate Saori Yoshida will have the opportunity to become wrestling’s first four-time gold medalist the very next day.

Icho’s 58kg weight class is one of three divisions being contested on Wednesday. There will also be tournaments for the 48kg and 69kg divisions. Info on how to watch all the matches, plus a look at the field, is below.

Schedule and live stream

Prelims: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET
Live stream: Mat A | Mat B | Mat C

Preliminary rounds all the way up through the semifinals will take place during the morning session, with competition taking place on three mats.

Finals: 3: p.m. – 6 p.m. ET
Live stream: Main Mat | Extra Mat (link to come)

The final session will feature repechage matches, bronze medal matches and gold medal matches. Some of the early matches will take place on a second mat (Mat A) before all action moves back to the main mat (Mat B). There will be a live stream available for both mats.

All live streams will be archived as replays shortly after the event ends.

48kg women’s freestyle

Pre-Olympic world rankings of entrants
No. 1: Mariya Stadnik (AZE)
No. 2: Sun Yanan (CHN)
No. 3: Eri Tosaka (JPN)
No. 4: Zhuldyz Eshimova (KAZ)
No. 6: Patricia Bermudez (ARG)
No. 7: Alina Vuc (ROU)
No. 8: Elitsa Yankova (BUL)
No. 9: Carolina Castillo (COL)
No. 10: Jasmine Mian (CAN)
No. 12: Jessica Blaszka (NED)
No. 13: Kim Hyon-Gyong (PRK)
No. 14: Vinesh Phogat (IND)
No. 17: Haley Augello (USA)
No. 19: Vu Thi Hang (VIE)
No. 20: Rebecca Muambo (CMR)
NR: Brenda Bailey (HON)
NR: Sotheara Chov (CAM)
NR: Milana Dadasheva (RUS)
NR: Miesinnei Genesis (NGR)
NR: Iwona Matkowska (POL)

Recent Olympic/world champions in the field
2013 world champion (48kg): Eri Tosaka (JPN)
2013 world champion (51kg): Sun Yanan (CHN)
2014 world champion (48kg): Eri Tosaka (JPN)
2015 world champion (48kg): Eri Tosaka (JPN)

Team USA
Haley Augello, the world No. 17, will make her Olympic debut. The Illinois native won a cadet world title in 2011. She will open her tournament against Jessica Blaszka of the Netherlands in the Round of 16.

Bracket
View the full 48kg bracket

58kg women’s freestyle

Pre-Olympic world rankings of entrants
No. 1 at 58kg: Kaori Icho (JPN)
No. 1 at 60kg: Petra Olli (FIN)
No. 2 at 58kg: Valeria Koblova (RUS)
No. 3 at 58kg: Johanna Mattsson (SWE)
No. 4 at 58kg: Elif Jale Yesilirmark (TUR)
No. 5 at 58kg: Jackeline Renteria (COL)
No. 5 at 60kg: Oksana Herhel (UKR)
No. 6 at 58kg: Aisuluu Tynybekova (KGZ)
No. 7 at 58kg: Orkhon Purevdorj (MGL)
No. 9 at 58kg: Yuliya Ratkevich (AZE)
No. 10 at 58kg: Mimi Hristova (BUL)
No. 11 at 58kg: Luisa Niemisch (GER)
No. 12 at 58kg: Marwa Amri (TUN)
No. 13 at 58kg: Aminat Adeniyi (NGR)
No. 16 at 58kg: Michelle Fazzari (CAN)
No. 17 at 58kg: Mariana Cherdivara-Esanu (MDA)
No. 18 at 58kg: Lissette Antes (ECU)
No. 20 at 58kg: Joice Silva (BRA)
NR: Sakshi Malik (IND)
NR: Yanet Sovero (PER)

Recent Olympic/world champions in the field
2012 Olympic champion (63kg): Kaori Icho (JPN)
2013 world champion (63kg): Kaori Icho (JPN)
2014 world champion (58kg): Kaori Icho (JPN)
2015 world champion (58kg): Kaori Icho (JPN)
2015 world champion (60kg): Oksana Herhel (UKR)

Team USA
The U.S. did not qualify a wrestler in this weight class.

Bracket
View the full 58kg bracket

69kg women’s freestyle

Pre-Olympic world rankings of entrants
No. 1: Zhou Feng (CHN)
No. 2: Aline Focken (GER)
No. 3: Jenny Fransson  (SWE)
No. 4: Natalia Vorobeva (RUS)
No. 5: Sara Dosho (JPN)
No. 6: Buse Tosun (TUR)
No. 7: Alina Makhynia (UKR)
No. 8: Agnieszka Wieszczek-Kordus (POL)
No. 9: Elmira Syzdykova (KAZ)
No. 10: Ilana Kratysh (ISR)
No. 12: Dorothy Yeats (CAN)
No. 13: Ochirbat Nasanburmaa (MGL)
No. 16: Maria Acosta (VEN)
No. 17: Signe Marie Store (NOR)
NR: Chen Wen-Ling (TPE)
NR: Enas Mostafa (EGY)
NR: Gilda de Oliveira (BRA)
NR: Hannah Rueben (NGR)

Recent Olympic/world champions in the field
2012 Olympic champion (72kg): Natalia Vorobeva (RUS)
2013 world champion (67kg): Alina Makhynia (UKR)
2014 world champion (69kg): Aline Focken (GER)
2015 world champion (69kg): Natalia Vorobeva (RUS)

Team USA
The U.S. did not qualify a wrestler in this weight class.

Bracket
View the full 69kg bracket

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