To cap off her Olympic debut on a high note, Team USA’s Tamyra Mensah-Stock won gold in the women’s 68-kilogram freestyle category by defeating Nigeria’s Blessing Oborududu, 4-1.
Freestyle 68kg Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
Two minutes in, Mensah-Stock scored twice before Oborududu was able to escape and score. With 3.5 minutes remaining, the American scored the final two points of the match on a second takedown.
However, there was a great deal of anxiety before the gold medal game.
The tournament’s top seed admitted, “I tried to keep calm but it was impossible; there were a lot of nerve-wracking moments.”
For what it’s worth, here’s how I got through it: “I’m nervous, I’m terrified,” I told my coaches over and over again.
Since the competition began on August 2nd, Mensah-Stock has been unstoppable at 68 kg. She has defeated all four of her opponents, including Rio 2016 gold medalist DOSHO Sara, by a combined score of 34-5.
Just two years ago, in Rio, Helen Louise Maroulis became the first American woman to win an Olympic gold medal, in the 53-kilogram category.
Oborududu brought home the first Olympic wrestling medal for Nigeria.
There were a lot of calls and messages after her performance in yesterday’s semifinal match, she remarked. I put a passcode on my phone because I don’t want to be bothered with calls or texts.
When it comes to my country, I know that I have set a record.
It was thought that the three-time Olympian will be calling it quits after Tokyo 2020, but that may not be the case just yet.
After the Olympics, Oborududu remarked, “I thought about retiring,” but he plans to meet with his country’s president and coaches to discuss his future.
Alla Cherkasova of the Ukraine and Meerim Zhumanazarova of Kyrgyzstan took home bronze medals.
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