Kaori Icho's cold, tense stare never changed as she wiped out opponent after helpless opponent.
It was only when Icho sealed her third straight Olympic gold medal that she showed the world how relieved she was to have done it again.
Icho won the women's 63-kilogram freestyle division Wednesday at the London Games, becoming the first Japanese woman to capture the same event in three straights Olympics.
Icho beat Ruixue Jing of China 3-0, 2-0, extending her winning streak to 72 matches.
When it was over, a beaming Icho pumped her fist to the large contingent of Japanese fans who chanted her name during the final. Her intimidating gaze was gone, replaced by smiles, waves and the obligatory medal display to the crowd.
''I feel I have big responsibility in fighting at the Olympic Games,'' Icho said. ''I burst into happiness just after I finished fighting. Thanks to the people who supported me, they helped me win.''
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