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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