Japanese wrestler celebrates Olympic gold by taking down own coach

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It must be a fantastic moment when you win a gold medal at an Olympic Games.

The years of training and work finally paying off, and the fact you can say you are an Olympic champion, and for Japanese wrestler Risako Kawai, that dream became a reality during the wrestling gold medal match.

Kawai was competing in the Women's freestyle 63 kg, and she managed to tackle her way to the final, before beating Maria Mamashuk of Belarus for the coveted gold medal.


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It was a clean sweep for the Japanese wrestler as she won 3-0 in the final to take home the gold, and she could not contain her excitement.

In fact, Kawai got very excited and even started taking down her coach in a famous wrestling grapple. She didn't just do it once either, she did it twice.

Clearly, it was all as a joke and in a friendly fashion, but it was still one of the most bizarre celebrations of the Olympics so far.

You can watch the video of the takedown celebration below.

It's been a summer to remember for Kawai, who started her quest for gold in the round of 16, beating Poland's Monika Michalik. She then overcame Latvia's Anastasija Grigorjeva in the quarter-finals, with a score of 3-1.

In the semi-finals, Kawai beat Russian wrestler Inna Trazhukova, which booked her place in the final against Mamashuk.

It was the 21-year-old's first ever Olympics, and what a memorable debut to have at an Olympic Games, but it isn't the first medal she's won in her short career.

Kawai won a silver medal in 2015 during the World Championships in Las Vegas.

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