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Gov't eyes special award for wrestler Icho after she won 4th straight Olympic gold

Kaori Icho (Mainichi)

The government is considering presenting Kaori Icho, who won gold in the women's 58-kilogram freestyle wrestling at the Rio Olympics, with the People's Honor Award, government sources said.

    The government has deemed that Icho, 32, deserves the award as she became the first female athlete ever to claim four consecutive gold medals in the Olympics in women's individual events.

    A native of Aomori Prefecture, Icho began wrestling at a local club before turning 5. She won the World Wrestling Championships in 2002 for the first time when she was a third-year high school student. She won her first Olympic gold medal in 2004 at the Athens Games.

    Saori Yoshida, who won 13 consecutive gold medals in the women's 55-kilogram division of the Olympics and World Wrestling Championships combined, was presented with the People's Honor Award in 2012.

    The prime minister presents the People's Honor Award to "people who are respected widely by the public and have made great achievements in giving society hope."

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