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Thursday, 13th September 2012
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Japanese wrestler aiming to outpace Russian match

Japan's gold winning Olympian Saori Yoshida is aiming to break a world record this month at the Women's World Wrestling Championships in Canada.

With 12 consecutive international championship wins already under her belt, the 29-year-old is well-positioned to surpass the feat only matched by Russia's former Greco-Roman wrestler Alexander Karelin, the AFP reports.

Having taken her third straight win in the women's 55kg freestyle at the London Games this summer, she admits she is now "obsessed" with outpacing the 45-year-old Russian on the global stage.

"Once I take part, I will only have victory on my mind. I want to surpass Karelin's record," she was quoted as saying.

The 29-year-old, who is preparing for the September challenge in Alberta, also revealed she is growing "tired".

As well as securing gold at Beijing and Athens, the wrestler has achieved victory at World Championships in Istanbul, St Petersburg and Tokyo, among many others.

The sporting hero counts singing karaoke among her recreational hobbies.  

Posted by Graham McPherson