Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): China Agricultural University Gymnasium, Beijing
Date Started: August 17, 2008
Date Finished: August 17, 2008
Format: Single elimination tournament. Competitors losing to the finalists entered repechage tournament for bronze medals.
|Bronze:|| Randi Miller
Japan’s [Kaori Icho] was the overwhelming favorite, having won this title in 2004 and the last five World Championships. She won her first two matches by falls but then met Canada’s [Martine Dugrenier] in the semi-finals and was fortunate to win. The two wrestlers split the first two periods, and tied in the third period, 1-1, but Icho advanced because she had scored the last point. This advanced Icho to the final against Russian [Alyona Kartashova], who was the current European Champion. Icho defended her gold medal easily, winning both the first two periods without giving up a point.
Icho would return in 2012 and win her third consecutive gold medal at London. She also would win World Championships in 2010-11 and 2013-14, and through 2014 had won over 150 consecutive matches. Her sister, [Chiharu], won Olympic silver medals as a flyweight in 2004 and 2008.
|3T||Randi Miller||24||United States||USA||Bronze|