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    2020 Olympics: 68 kg Women's Freestyle Results and Notes

    2020 Olympic champion Tamyra Mensah-Stock (Photo courtesy of UWW)

    Monday marked the first medals that were handed out in wrestling at the 2020 Olympics. As each weight class has concluded we will have a wrap-up for each, which includes results and some notable facts related to the weight.

    Past Articles

    60 kg Men's Greco-Roman

    77 kg Men's Greco-Roman

    97 kg Men's Greco-Roman

    130 kg Men's Greco-Roman

    76 kg Women's Freestyle

    Qualification Results

    Tamyra Mensah-Stock (USA) over Sara Dosho (Japan) 10-0

    Feng Zhou (China) over Yudari Sanchez Rodriguez (Cuba) 13-2

    Alla Cherkasova (Ukraine) over Agnieszka Wieszczek (Poland) 11-0

    Anna Schell (Germany) over Enas Ahmed (Egypt) 7-0

    Battsetseg Soronzonbold (Mongolia) over Koumba Larroque (France) Fall 5:41

    Khanum Velieva (ROC) over Danielle Lappage (Canada) 7-0

    Meerim Zhumanazarova (Kyrgyzstan) over Mimi Hristova (Bulgaria) 7-5

    Blessing Oborududu (Nigeria) over Elis Manolova (Azerbaijan) 13-2

    Quarterfinal Results

    Tamyra Mensah-Stock (USA) over Feng Zhou (China) 10-0

    Alla Cherkasova (Ukraine) over Anna Schell (Germany) Fall 3:43

    Battsetseg Soronzonbold (Mongolia) over Khanum Velieva (ROC) 8-5

    Blessing Oborududu (Nigeria) over Meerim Zhumanazarova (Kyrgyzstan) 3-2

    Semifinal Results

    Tamyra Mensah-Stock (USA) over Alla Cherkasova (Ukraine) 10-4

    Blessing Oborududu (Nigeria) over Battsetseg Soronzonbold (Mongolia) 7-2

    Repechage Results

    Meerim Zhumanazarova (Kyrgyzstan) over Elis Manolova (Azerbaijan) 4-1

    Sara Dosho (Japan) over Feng Zhou (China) 7-2

    Bronze Medal Matches

    Alla Cherkasova (Ukraine) over Sara Dosho (Japan) Fall 2:33

    Meerim Zhumanazarova (Kyrgyzstan) over Battsetseg Soronzonbold (Mongolia) 10-0

    Gold Medal Matches

    Tamyra Mensah-Stock (USA) over Blessing Oborududu (Nigeria) 4-1


    Tamyra Mensah-Stock became just the second American woman to win gold in Olympic wrestling.

    Mensah-Stock won her second World/Olympic gold medal.

    Mensah-Stock now has three World/Olympic medals.

    She also became the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal in wrestling.

    Mensah-Stock's path to gold included a win over an Olympic gold medalist (Sara Dosho), a world silver medalist (Feng Zhou), and 2018 world champion (Alla Cherkasova) just to make the finals.

    With Mensah-Stock medaling (and Adeline Gray), it gave the American women multiple medalists for only the second time (2004; Sara McMann and Patricia Miranda). Of course, with three more left to compete.

    Despite the daunting competition, Mensah-Stock outscored her foes 34-5.

    Blessing Oborududu became the first Nigerian to win an Olympic medal.

    Oborududu's path to the finals was no cake walk either. She defeated a world bronze medalist (Elis Manolova), a Junior world silver medalist (Meerim Zhumanazarova), and a two-time world champion (Battsetseg Soronzonbold).

    Cherkasova became a three-time World/Olympic medalist.

    Cherkasova is the first women's Olympic medalist for Ukraine since Iryna Merleni (3rd at 48kg) did so in 2008.

    Zhumanazarova became a World/Olympic medalist for the first time at the Senior level.

    Zhumanazarova was also the first woman from Kyrgyzstan to win an Olympic medal.

    Sara Dosho finished fifth for a second consecutive World/Olympic tournament. She medaled at every World/Olympic event from 2012-17.

    Since Dosho did not medal, Japan started off without medaling in either of the first two weight contested.

    Even though 10 past World/Olympic medalists entered this weight, there was only one "close" match during the opening round. A 7-5 win by Zhumanazarova over Mimi Hristova.

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