2020 Olympics: 57 kg Women's Freestyle Results and Notes

2x Olympic gold medalist Risako Kawai (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

57 kg Men's Freestyle

60 kg Men's Greco-Roman

67 kg Men's Greco-Roman

77 kg Men's Greco-Roman

87 kg Men's Greco-Roman

97 kg Men's Greco-Roman

130 kg Men's Greco-Roman

62 kg Women's Freestyle

68 kg Women's Freestyle

76 kg Women's Freestyle

Qualification Results

Risako Kawai (Japan) over Fatoumata Camara (Guinea) 8-2

Khongorzul Boldsaikhan (Mongolia) over Mathilde Riviere (France) Injury Default

Tetyana Kit (Ukraine) over Siwar Bouseta (Tunisia) Fall

Helen Maroulis (USA) over Ningning Rong (China) 8-4

Iryna Kurachkina (Belarus) over Anshu Malik (India) 8-2

Valeria Koblova (ROC) over Jane Valencia (Mexico) 5-2

Evelina Nikolova (Bulgaria) over Jowita Wrzesien (Poland) 3-0

Anastasia Nichita (Moldova) over Odunayo Adekuoroye (Nigeria) Fall

Quarterfinal Results

Risako Kawai (Japan) over Khongorzul Boldsaikhan (Mongolia) 7-0

Helen Maroulis (USA) over Tetyana Kit (Ukraine) 8-0

Iryna Kurachkina (Belarus) over Valeria Koblova (ROC) 6-3

Evelina Nikolova (Bulgaria) over Anastasia Nichita (Moldova) 6-3

Semifinal Results

Risako Kawai (Japan) over Helen Maroulis (USA) 2-1

Iryna Kurachkina (Belarus) over Evelina Nikolova (Bulgaria) 11-0

Repechage Results

Valeria Koblova (ROC) over Anshu Malik (India) 5-1

Khongorzul Boldsaikhan (Mongolia) over Fatoumata Camara (Guinea) 10-0

Bronze Medal Matches

Evelina Nikolova (Bulgaria) over Valeria Koblova (ROC) Fall

Helen Maroulis (USA) over Khongorzul Boldsaikhan (Mongolia) 11-0

Gold Medal Match

Risako Kawai (Japan) over Iryna Kurachkina (Belarus) 5-0


Risako Kawai won her second Olympic gold medal.

Kawai is now a five-time World/Olympic gold medalist.

Kawai now has six World/Olympic medals.

Her first Olympic gold medal came up at 63 kg and she moved down to allow her sister to get into the lineup.

The 55/57/58 kg weight classes have been won by a Japanese wrestler in every Olympic Games that offered women's wrestling.

Iryna Kurachkina is now a three-time World/Olympic medalist.

Coincidentally, Kawai defeated a wrestler from Belarus to earn her first Olympic gold medal (Maryia Mamashuk - 63 kg).

Helen Maroulis became the first American woman to win multiple Olympic medals in wrestling.

Maroulis is now a six-time World/Olympic medalist.

The qualification bout between Maroulis and Ningning Rong (China) featured two wrestlers that both won world titles and combined to own eight World/Olympic medals.

The semifinal match between Maroulis and Kawai was likely the most star-studded matchup in the entire women's tournament. Both were returning gold medalists and own five world titles, combined.

Evelina Nikolova earned her first World/Olympic medal.

Nikolova, combined with Olympic bronze medalist Taybe Yusein, earned Olympic bronze medals for Bulgaria. This was the first time the country has ever had multiple Olympic medalists in the same year.

Both semifinal losers ended up earning bronze medals.

This weight class saw the second (Odunayo Adekuoroye) and fourth (Rong) seeds fall in the opening round.


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