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Wrestling at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Women's Heavyweight, Freestyle

Wrestling at the 2016 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

Events:

Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Carioca Arena 2, Barra Olympic Park, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 18, 2016
Date Finished: August 18, 2016
Format: Single elimination tournament. Competitors losing to the finalists entered repechage tournament for bronze medals.

Gold: CAN Erica Wiebe
Silver: KAZ Gyuzel Manyurova
Bronze: CHN Zhang Fengliu
RUS Yekaterina Bukina

Summary

The face of women’s wrestling in America, [Adeline Gray], came to Rio having dominated the last Olympic cycle, winning the last two World Championships in 75 kg. With three World titles in total (2012, 2014, 2015), Gray’s last defeat in a World Championship match was in 2013 to [Zhang Fengliu] of China, who went on to win that year’s title but had struggled since then. Gray was favoured to become the first American woman to win an Olympic wrestling gold medal.

Not to be discounted was the experienced two-time Olympic medalist [Gyuzel Manyurova] of Kazakhstan (2004 silver, 2012 bronze). Also fancied was Canada’s [Erica Wiebe], who arrived in Rio world-ranked No. 2, despite just a handful of Grand Prix wins, and had yet to reach the podium at the World Championships.

Gray went out of the competition much earlier than expected when “something” was missing in her quarter-final match against [Vasilisa Marzalyuk] of Belarus who Gray has dominated in the past, but lost 4-1 on this occasion.

Ultimately, it was the rookie (Wiebe) and the veteran (Manyurova) who would meet in the gold medal match. The Canadian Wiebe, in her Olympic début, did not concede a single point in either the semi-final or final. She dominated the 38-year old Kazakh Manyurova, winning by a score of 6-0, after beating Marzalyuk, Zhang and Germany's [Maria Selmaier] earlier in the day. Canada has never missed the podium since women’s wrestling made its Olympic début in Athens in 2004. With this Olympic title, Wiebe followed in the footsteps of her countrywomen, two-time Olympic medalist [Carol Huynh], (2008 gold, 2012 bronze) and three-time Olympic medalist [Tonya Verbeek] (2004 and 2012 silvers, 2008 bronze).

Bronze medals went to Zhang, who defeated Wiebe’s semi-final opponent Marzalyuk 8-4 in the first of the bronze medal matches, while the other went to [Yekaterina Bukina] of Russia who defeated [Laure Ali] of Cameroon 5-3, thus depriving of Cameroon of their first ever wrestling medal, male or female.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal CP Victories by Fall Victories by Technical Superiority TP Technical Points Received
1 Erica Wiebe 27 Canada CAN Gold 12 0 0 19 2
2 Gyuzel Manyurova 38 Kazakhstan KAZ Silver 12 1 1 26 22
3T Zhang Fengliu 26 China CHN Bronze 11 0 1 26 13
3T Yekaterina Bukina 29 Russia RUS Bronze 12 0 0 26 19
5T Vasilisa Marzalyuk 29 Belarus BLR 9 1 0 13 12
5T Laure Ali 31 Cameroon CMR 8 0 0 20 15
7 Adeline Gray 25 United States USA 6 1 0 5 4
8 Yasemin Adar 24 Turkey TUR 4 0 0 15 15
9 Aline Ferreira 29 Brazil BRA 4 0 0 7 7
10 Zsanett Németh 22 Hungary HUN 2 0 0 4 17
11 Alla Cherkasova 27 Ukraine UKR 1 0 0 10 12
12 Samar Hamza 21 Egypt EGY 1 0 0 4 4
13 Epp Mäe 24 Estonia EST 1 0 0 4 6
14 Rio Watari 24 Japan JPN 1 0 0 3 4
15 Andrea Olaya 21 Colombia COL 0 0 0 4
16 Cynthia Vescan 24 France FRA 0 0 0 5
17 Jarimit Weffer 30 Venezuela VEN 0 0 0 6
18 Maria Selmaier 24 Germany GER 0 0 0 16