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Wrestling at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Women's Middleweight, 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: JPN Risako Kawai
Silver: BLR Mariya Mamoshuk
Bronze: POL Monika Michalik
KAZ Yekaterina Larionova

Summary

When Mongolia’s [Soronzonboldyn Battsetseg] won a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London in the 63 kg weight class, it was her country’s first Olympic wrestling medal since 1980. She became a household name, adorning billboards and such, and was more popular than the president of Mongolia. Already the 2010 World champion at the time of the London Olympics, she added another World title in 2015 (after a World silver in 2013) making her the favourite for the 63kg class coming into Rio 2016. With [Kaori Icho] of Japan, who she had major global losses to, moving down to the 58 kg, Battsetseg had former Icho understudy, the 2015 World silver medalist [Risako Kawai] of Japan, and Ukraine’s [Yuliya Tkach], with whom she has traded gold medals with over the last two World Championships, to contend with for Rio gold.

But in a shocking turn, the World champion Battsetseg was upset by American [Elena Pirozhkova] in the quarter-finals, and Tkach didn’t advance past the second round. Meanwhile Kawai dominated in her preliminaries, only giving up two points in three bouts en-route to the gold medal match, where she met [Mariya Mamoshuk] of Belarus who was making her Olympic début. The Belarussian had earlier beaten Kazakhstan’s [Yekaterina Larionova] 8-2, Sweden’s [Henna Johansson] 7-2 and American Pirozhkova 3-2. However, Kawai was too much for the Olympic rookie, and she ran out the 3-0 winner, and with victory came Japan’s fourth wrestling gold medal in Rio. She celebrated in style by delivering two fireman's carry takedowns on her coach Kazuhito Sakae after he ran up to congratulate her after her victory. Needless to say, the video of it went viral!

Larionova won her bronze medal over Pirozhkova, while Poland’s [Monika Michalik], the four-time European champion competing in her third Olympic Games, defeated [Inna Trazhukova] of Russia, for the other bronze.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal CP Victories by Fall Victories by Technical Superiority TP Technical Points Received
1 Risako Kawai 21 Japan JPN Gold 13 0 1 29 2
2 Mariya Mamoshuk 23 Belarus BLR Silver 9 0 0 18 12
3T Yekaterina Larionova 22 Kazakhstan KAZ Bronze 11 2 0 10 12
3T Monika Michalik 36 Poland POL Bronze 6 0 0 11 10
5T Elena Pirozhkova 29 United States USA 7 0 0 18 16
5T Inna Trazhukova 25 Russia RUS 10 0 0 20 25
7 Hafize Şahin 24 Turkey TUR 6 1 0 7 14
8 Anastasija Grigorjeva 26 Latvia LAT 6 0 1 14 13
9 Yuliya Ostapchuk-Tkach 26 Ukraine UKR 6 0 0 3 3
10 Henna Johansson 25 Sweden SWE 5 0 1 14 11
11 Xu Rui 21 China CHN 4 0 0 7 6
12 Soronzonboldyn Battsetseg 26 Mongolia MGL 4 0 0 3 4
13 Taybe Yusein 25 Bulgaria BUL 1 0 0 7 10
14 Blessing Oborududu 27 Nigeria NGR 1 0 0 1 1
15 Laís Nunes 23 Brazil BRA 0 0 5 2
16 Danielle Lappage 25 Canada CAN 0 0 0 2
17 Marianna Sastin 33 Hungary HUN 0 0 0 3
18 Héla Riabi 29 Tunisia TUN 0 0 0 10
19 Adéla Hanzlíčková 22 Czech Republic CZE 0 0 0 11