Tokyo 2020: Tamyra Mensah-Stock wins gold in women’s freestyle | Olympic Games
World champion Tamyra Mensah-Stock capped her Olympic debut on Tuesday with a gold in the light heavyweight freestyle category to become only the second female United States champion.
Mensah-Stock had a stunning run in Tokyo, beating veteran Nigerian Blessing Oborududu 4-1 in the final.
The 28-year-old American topped Rio 2016 champion Sara Dosho of Japan and 2018 Ukrainian world champion Alla Cherkasova en route to the final, before passing her toughest test against the 10-time African champion Oborududu.
“It’s amazing, I’m trying not to cry,” Mensah-Stock told reporters. “I want to go and hide in a room but people keep pushing me in places.
“It’s a dream come true. I knew from the start that I could be an Olympic champion. It was a scary thought but I knew it was achievable.”
Mensah-Stock got on the scoreboard first with one out when she slipped past 32-year-old Oborududu, who immediately backed up to make it 2-1.
The American made another strikeout with a leg attack to climb 4-1 at the break, before pushing the Nigerian back in the second half, bursting into tears when the buzzer sounded.
Rio 2016 freestyle bantamweight champion Helen Maroulis is the only other American woman to win an Olympic gold in wrestling.
Cherkasova pinned Dosho to win the first bronze medal, while Kyrgyz Meerim Zhumanazarova won the other bronze medal.
Russian Olympic Committee world champion Musa Evloev defeated reigning Armenian Olympic champion Artur Aleksanyan in the Greco-Roman heavyweight gold medal fight.
Aleksanyan was exceptional in his down defense as Evloev failed to lift him off the mat, but the Armenian lost his focus after an offense, allowing Evloev to score with a massive suplex to win 5-1.
Pole Tadeusz Michalik and Iranian Mohammadhadi Saravi won the bronze medals.
‘WANTS TO SAY ANYTHING’
Tamas Lorincz had to settle for silver in London 2012, but nothing could stop the Hungarian on Tuesday as he edged Kyrgyzstan’s Akzhol Makhmudov 2-1 in the Greco-Roman welterweight final.
Makhmudov weighed 0.5 grams over 77 kg earlier in the day, but gained weight just in time.
It was Lorincz, however, who controlled the fight to become the 17th Hungarian to win Greco-Roman gold. Lorincz’s brother Viktor will fight for the Greco-Roman middleweight gold medal on Wednesday.
“There’s a reason my brother and I are here in the final,” said Tamas, who was tackled by his coaches in exuberant celebrations after the buzzer.
“We worked really hard during the pandemic. These are my last Olympics, so that means everything.”
Azerbaijani Rafig Huseynov beat Armenian Karapet Chalyan 4-1 for bronze, winning his first Olympic medal at 33.
Japan’s Shohei Yabiku won the other bronze against Iranian Mohammadali Geraei categorically, with a 13-3 victory by technical superiority.
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