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Women's Flyweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): China Agricultural University Gymnasium, Beijing
Date Started: August 16, 2008
Date Finished: August 16, 2008
Format: Single elimination tournament. Competitors losing to the finalists entered repechage tournament for bronze medals.

Gold: CAN Carol Huynh
Silver: JPN Chiharu Icho
Bronze: UKR Iryna Merleni-Mykulchyn
AZE Mariya Stadnik

Summary

The 2004 silver medalist, Japan’s Chiharu Icho, was favored after winning the last two World Championships. She made the final against Canada’s Carol Huynh, an ethnic Chinese whose parents had emigrated from Vietnam to Canada, where Huynh was born. Huynh was the 2007 Pan American Champion and had won three medals at the World Championships, silver in 2001, and bronzes in 2000 and 2005. Icho’s biggest win came in the quarter-finals when she pinned the defending Olympic Champion, Iryna Merleni-Mykulchyn, defeating her as she had in the final of the 2007 Worlds. In the final Huynh won the first period, 4-0, and then scored two points in the second period to take that period 2-1, and win the match and the gold medal. She would return in 2012 and add an Olympic bronze medal in this class. She would also add gold medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and the 2011 Pan American Games.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Carol Huynh 27 Canada CAN Gold
2 Chiharu Icho 26 Japan JPN Silver
3T Mariya Stadnik 20 Azerbaijan AZE Bronze
3T Iryna Merleni-Mykulchyn 26 Ukraine UKR Bronze
5T Tatyana Bakatyuk 22 Kazakhstan KAZ
5T Clarissa Chun 26 United States USA
7 Vanessa Boubryemm 26 France FRA
8 Kim Hyeong-Ju 23 South Korea KOR
9 Ingrid Medrano 29 El Salvador ESA
10 Estera Dobre 21 Romania ROU
11 Zamira Rakhmanova 22 Russia RUS
12 Sofia Mattsson 18 Sweden SWE
13 Li Xiaomei 20 China CHN
14T Alexandra Engelhardt 25 Germany GER
14T Mayelis Caripa 27 Venezuela VEN
16 Tsogtbazaryn Enkhjargal 27 Mongolia MGL
17 Kyla Bremner 31 Australia AUS