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Tamrya Mensah-Stock Becomes 1st Black U.S. Woman to Win Olympic Wrestling Gold

Mensah-Stock of the United States defeated Blessing Oborududu of Nigeria 4-1 in the women’s 68-kilogram freestyle wrestling final to claim the second Olympic gold medal ever for an American female wrestler.

Mensah-Stock scored two points off a takedown about a minute in, however Oborududu was able to escape and earn a point. Mensah-Stock earned another two points on a takedown with three and a half minutes left, but that was the only points awarded for the rest of match.

The American dominated the competition en route to a gold medal. She first beat Japan’s Sara Dosho 10-0 VSU, who was the defending gold medal winner in the event. The native of Katy, Texas followed that with a win against China’s Zhou Feng 10-0. 

Mensah-Stock took down Ukrainian wrestler Alla Cherkasova 10-4 in the semifinals to give her the chance at the gold. 

Woman’s wrestling has only been featured at the Olympics since 2004 and Mensah-Stock is only the second American woman to win gold in a wrestling event and the first Black woman to win an Olympic medal in wrestling history.

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