25 y/o | Seniors


Women's wrestling


62 kg

About Yukako

Kawai secured spot in first Olympics with bronze medal at 2019 World Championships. Lost in third round to champion Aisuluu TYNYBEKOVA (KGZ), but fought way through repechage to take bronze with technical fall over Jong-Sim RIM (PRK)...2nd to Tynybekova at 2019 Asian Championships, but avenged those losses at 2020 Asian Championships, beating her 6-1 in first round before winning gold with 5-1 win in final over Ayaulym KASSYMOVA (KAZ)...2-time national champion...In 2018, won silver at senior worlds and gold at world U-23...Younger sister of Rio 2016 champion and fellow Tokyo Olympian Risako KAWAI (57kg)...Started wrestling after tagging along with sister to kids wrestling club coached by mother, a two-time national champion. Father was national collegiate Greco champ and is a current high school coach...Like Risako, left home to attend high school affiliated with collegiate powerhouse Shigakkan University.