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Seiko Yamamoto (山本 聖子, Yamamoto Seiko, born 22 August 1980[1]) is a Japanese wrestler who won four world titles and two Asian Wrestling Championships in her career.[2]

Seiko Yamamoto
Personal information
Nationality Japanese
Born (1980-08-22) 22 August 1980 (age 37)
Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan
Height 5' 5"
Spouse(s)
  • Hideaki Nagashima (m. 2006; div. 2014)
  • Yu Darvish
Sport
Country Japan
Sport Wrestling

Her father is Ikuei Yamamoto, who also competed in the Olympics as a wrestler. Her older brother is mixed martial artist Norifumi Yamamoto.

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.[3] In 2006 she got married to 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, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish announced on Twitter Yamamoto gave birth to their son on July 29.[4][5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Nagashima Yamamoto, Seiko". International Wrestling Database. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Charles Jewett (April 3, 2013). "Seiko Yamamoto Interview". Asian MMA. Retrieved July 9, 2013. 
  3. ^ Shu Hirata (January 7, 2009). "A Former World Wrestling Champ Seiko Yamamoto, KID Yamamoto's Sister, Making a Comeback Aiming for London in 2012!". Retrieved July 9, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Rangers wish Yu Darvish well after pitcher welcomes new baby" by Michael Florek Dallas News (July 2015) August 3, 2017
  5. ^ "Yu Darvish, Rangers highly anticipating return to action" by Jerry Crasnick (February 22, 2016) ESPN August 3, 2017