"The three wrestlers the previous day all won gold so they got to do that, and I said I wanted to be first to slam him and he let me do it,” he said.
Japanese wrestler Risako Kawai took everyone by surprise as she knocked down her own coach after winning gold in the freestyle -63kg class at the Rio Olympics on Thursday. After slamming him to the ground twice, she carried him on her shoulders and walked around the ring to a cheering crowd. What a unique way to celebrate a win! Risako Kawai beat Mariya Mamashuk of Belarus in the championship wrestling match at Rio Olympics on Thursday. Thus, she earned Japan their fourth women's wrestling gold of the Rio Games.
This was the 21-year-old’s first Olympic and she seemed super excited after defeating the Belarusian 3-0. Still energetic after the fight, she slammed coach Kazuhito Sakae to the mat twice.
"Before the final, the coach said he wanted me to lift him on his shoulders," Kawai told Japanese media.
56-year-old Sakae is a retired wrestler. He won several medals at the Asian and world level between 1983 and 1989 in the -62 kg category.