Tokyo Olympics: Tamyra Mensah-Stock Becomes 1st U.S. Black Woman to Win Wrestling Gold

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Published: August 4,2021 03:19 PM
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The top-seeded Mensah-Stock defeated second-seed Blessing Oborududu 4-1 after seizing points with two takedowns in the first period.

August 4, 2021: U.S. wrestler Tamyra Mensah-Stock on Wednesday became the first Black woman and the only second woman to win an Olympic wrestling gold for the United States.



The top-seeded Mensah-Stock defeated second-seed Blessing Oborududu 4-1 after seizing points with two takedowns in the first period. Neither athlete scored a point in the second period despite Oborududu's increasingly desperate attempts.



By winning silver, Oborududu became the first Nigerian athlete to win an Olympic medal in wrestling.



Mensah-Stock, who hails from Katy, Texas, blitzed her way through a tough draw.





Her first match was against Sara Dosho of Japan — the 2016 Olympic gold medalist and 2017 world champion. She then moved on to China's Feng Zhou, who pulled out a surprise win against Mensah-Stock in early 2020. Both of those elite opponents failed to score a point against the American in Japan, who beat them each by a 10-0 score.



In her semifinal match, Mensah-Stock faced another former world champion in Alla Cherkasova of Ukraine. After falling behind, she recovered late to win 10-4.



The gold medal caps a long quest for Mensah-Stock, who finished first in U.S. Olympic team trials ahead of the Rio Olympics but was unable to compete because the U.S. had not qualified to earn a spot in her weight class. She traveled to Brazil for the Games but only as a training partner.



It's the second medal for the U.S. women in Tokyo, coming one day after five-time world champion Adeline Gray won silver in the 76-kilogram category. Helen Maroulis, who won Team USA's first gold medal in women's wrestling in 2016, is slated to wrestle late Wednesday morning (local time) in Japan.