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Wrestling at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Women's Middleweight, Freestyle

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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.

Gold: JPN Kaori Icho
Silver: RUS Alyona Kartashova
Bronze: USA Randi Miller
KAZ Yelena Shalygina


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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Kaori Icho 24 Japan JPN Gold
2 Alyona Kartashova 26 Russia RUS Silver
3T Yelena Shalygina 21 Kazakhstan KAZ Bronze
3T Randi Miller 24 United States USA Bronze
5T Lise Legrand 31 France FRA
5T Martine Dugrenier 29 Canada CAN
7 Elina Vaseva 21 Bulgaria BUL
8 Monika Michalik 28 Poland POL
9 Xu Haiyan 23 China CHN
10 Badrakhyn Odonchimeg 26 Mongolia MGL
11 Yuliya Ostapchuk-Tkach 18 Ukraine UKR
12 Olga Khilko 29 Belarus BLR
13T Haiat Farac 21 Egypt EGY
13T Teresa Méndez 25 Spain ESP
15 Marianna Sastin 25 Hungary HUN
16 Olesya Zamula 24 Azerbaijan AZE
17 Maria Dunn 22 Guam GUM