Seiko Yamamoto (山本 聖子, Yamamoto Seiko, born 22 August 1980[1]) is a Japanese wrestler and submission grappler. She is a four time World Wrestling Champion, two time Asian Wrestling Champion and an ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship medallist.[2]

Seiko Yamamoto
山本 聖子
Born (1980-08-22) 22 August 1980 (age 43)
Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan
Native name山本 聖子
Height5 ft 5 in (165 cm)
Hideaki Nagashima
(m. 2006; div. 2014)
Medal record
Representing  Japan
Submission Grappling
ADCC World Championship
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Beijing, China 60 kg
ADCC Asian and Oceanic Championship
Gold medal – first place 2013 Tokyo, Japan 60 kg
Women's freestyle wrestling
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1999 Boden, Sweden 51 kg
Gold medal – first place 2000 Sofia, Bulgaria 56 kg
Gold medal – first place 2001 Sofia, Bulgaria 56 kg
Gold medal – first place 2003 New York City, USA 59 kg
Asian Wrestling Championships
Gold medal – first place 1997 Taipei, Taiwan 51 kg
Gold medal – first place 2006 Almaty, Kazakhstan 59 kg

Biography edit

Her father is Ikuei Yamamoto, who also competed in the Olympics as a wrestler. Her older brother is mixed martial artist Norifumi Yamamoto. Her sister Miyuu Yamamoto is female wrestler and mixed martial artist who won three world titles and one Asian Wrestling Championship in her career.[3]

In four years from 1999 till 2003, she collected four gold medals at the World Wrestling Championships. Because she lost at the Japan Queen's Cup to Saori Yoshida, she was unable to participate at the 2004 Summer Olympics.[4] In 2013 she won the ADCC trails taking place in Tokyo.[5] She won bronze at the 2013 ADCC Submission Fighting World Championship after suffering an injury.[6]

Personal life edit

In 2006 she married team handball player Hideaki Nagashima and later retired, and in 2007 gave birth to a son. Two years later she came back and won another championship at the Poland Open.[2]

On July 30, 2015, San Diego Padres pitcher Yu Darvish announced on Twitter Yamamoto gave birth to their son on July 29.[7][8]

Awards edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Nagashima Yamamoto, Seiko". International Wrestling Database. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
  2. ^ a b Charles Jewett (3 April 2013). "Seiko Yamamoto Interview". Asian MMA. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Yamamoto Ikeda, Miyu". International Wrestling Database. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  4. ^ Shu Hirata (7 January 2009). "A Former World Wrestling Champ Seiko Yamamoto, KID Yamamoto's Sister, Making a Comeback Aiming for London in 2012!". Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  5. ^ "ADCC ASIA TRIAL – 03/24/2013: "Kid" Yamamoto's Sister And A Four-Time World Wrestling Champ Seiko Yamamoto Wins Under 60 Kg Division • ADCC NEWS". Retrieved 6 April 2023.
  6. ^ "ADCC Results 2013". BJJ Heroes – Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Team History, Fighter Stats, Biographies and News. 20 October 2013.
  7. ^ "Rangers wish Yu Darvish well after pitcher welcomes new baby" by Michael Florek Dallas News (July 2015) August 3, 2017
  8. ^ "Yu Darvish, Rangers highly anticipating return to action" by Jerry Crasnick (February 22, 2016) ESPN August 3, 2017
  9. ^ "東京スポーツ プロレス大賞:選考経過(1990~1999)". Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  10. ^ "東京スポーツ プロレス大賞:選考経過(2000~2009)". Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). Retrieved 16 December 2017.