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Freak Streaks: Unbelievable streaks in individual sports!

Yoshida after unprecedented win : News Photo
Yoshida is arguably the best wrestler of all time
Modified 05 Nov 2016, 23:40 IST
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Much of sporting legacy and laurels are based on those incredible runs and streaks some individuals had, ranging anywhere from a few years to a decade or two. The most remembered sportspersons didn’t just hit that purple patch, they hit those timeless purple blocks which seem unreal, unbelievable and so good to be true, that people sometimes breathed a sigh of relief when those streaks ended; some of them to rivals, some to injuries, and some to retirement.

We’ve compiled a list of 10 such streaks from modern history, some of which will make you travel time, and some which would seem so audacious, you’d think they are probably works of fantasy fiction and not feats of superhuman talent that walked our sporting arenas.

#10 Saori Yoshida, Wrestling

Freak Feat: 3 straight Olympic Golds, 4 straight Asian Games Golds, 13 straights World Championship Golds

Yoshida is probably one of the two most decorated Freestyle wrestlers ever to have hit the mat. In a career spanning nearly two decades, she’s had only three losses. All of her Olympic and Asian Games Gold Medals have come in the 55 kg category, and 11 of her 13 World Championships have also come in the same.

Her last 2 World Championship wins came in the 53 kg category, owing to the change from the traditional 48–55–63–75 kg scheme to the 48–53–58–63–69–75 kg scheme in the World Championships and the 2016 Rio Olympics. Yoshida took silver in the 53 kg category in the Rio Olympics, her first loss at the biggest stage in the world.

The one to eventually stop her was Olympic Debutante American Helen Maroulis. Yoshida apologized to her supporters after the loss. Whether we see her 4 years later in her home Olympics, Tokyo 2020, or not, Saori Yoshida will always be remembered as a fierce fighter, a dominant champion, and the face of the sport for many years to come.

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Published 05 Nov 2016, 22:47 IST
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