Japan's Paris Olympics wrestling gold medal hopeful Akari Fujinami won the women's 53-kilogram category in style at the Asian Games on Thursday, extending her winning streak to 130 matches.

Two other Japanese women, Tsugumi Sakurai and Remina Yoshimoto, also picked up gold in hard-fought finals at Lin'an Sports Culture and Exhibition Centre.

Fujinami won all three of her matches without giving up a single point.

Japanese wrestler Akari Fujinami (red) competes against China's Pang Qianyu en route to winning the women's freestyle 53-kilogram final at the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, on Oct. 5, 2023. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

The 19-year-old from central Japan's Mie Prefecture took control of her final from early on against Tokyo Olympic silver medalist Pang Qianyu of China, increasing her lead to 4-0, 6-0 and 8-0 by the end of the first period.

Fujinami, who has already qualified for next year's Paris Olympics and won her second world title only two weeks ago in Belgrade, added two points in the second period to finish the match in about four minutes.

"I couldn't really relax after the world championships because of this meet," Fujinami said. "At the worlds, my legs were aligned, and that was something I had to fix."

"Here, I never wanted any of my opponents to touch my leg."

Asked to comment on her winning streak that dates back to September 2017, Fujinami said, "I don't think about that too much, but it's good if media reports on the streak help people know about me and wrestling."

Fujinami has now eclipsed three-time Olympic champion Saori Yoshida's winning streak of 119.

Japanese wrestler Akari Fujinami poses after beating China's Pang Qianyu in the women's freestyle 53-kilogram final at the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, on Oct. 5, 2023. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

Sakurai turned a 6-0 first-period deficit into a 7-6 victory over North Korea's Jong In Sun in the women's 57-kg final.

"It was my first time facing a North Korean wrestler," Sakurai said. "She was strong, and I almost lost by fall early in the match."

"But I know I have stamina and never wanted to give up. In the final minute, she didn't have the strength she had at the start. At halftime, I concentrated on altering my strategy."

Yoshimoto edged North Korea's Kim Son Hyang 5-4 in the women's 50-kg gold medal match.

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