U.S. wrestler Tamyra Mensah-Inventory closed out her first Olympics in dominating type Tuesday, profitable gold within the ladies's 68-kilogram freestyle last. She is just the second girl — and the primary Black girl — to win an Olympic wrestling gold for america.

The highest-seeded Mensah-Inventory defeated second-seed Blessing Oborududu 4-1 after seizing factors with two takedowns within the first interval. Neither athlete scored some extent within the second interval regardless of Oborududu's more and more determined makes an attempt.

Each athletes make historical past

By profitable silver, Oborududu turned the primary Nigerian athlete to win an Olympic medal in wrestling.

After the match, Mensah-Inventory, 28, commented on the historic parts of her last with Oborududu.

"I am like, 'Oh my gosh, have a look at us representing,' " Mensah-Inventory stated, based on The Related Press. "It is so freaking superior. You are making historical past, I am making historical past. We're making historical past. So it meant rather a lot."

She additionally spoke about her want to encourage Black ladies to pursue wrestling and her household's heritage in Ghana, the place her father was from. Mensah-Inventory misplaced her father whereas she was in highschool — he died in a automobile crash coming house from a wrestling meet, based on Workforce USA.

"He would have been the loudest one right here," she stated. "He would have been so proud."

Feelings hit arduous with win

Mensah-Inventory curled her fingers right into a heart-shaped gesture instantly after her win, smiling and bowing to the small crowd within the Makuhari Messe Corridor outdoors Tokyo. She then hugged her coaches and grabbed a big U.S. flag, which she held excessive above her head.

A number of instances on the mat and on the rostrum, Mensah-Inventory broke into tears.

"I am feeling very pleased and I hold attempting to not cry, however it retains taking place," she stated, based on a launch from Workforce USA. "I simply need to go right into a darkish room and cry, however I am crying from pleasure."

Mensah-Inventory overcame a brutal draw

To succeed in the ultimate, Mensah-Inventory, who's from Katy, Texas, blitzed her approach by way of a tricky draw.

Her first match was in opposition to 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 shock win in opposition to Mensah-Inventory in early 2020. Each of these elite opponents failed to attain some extent in opposition to the American in Japan, who beat them every by a 10-Zero rating.

In her semifinal match, Mensah-Inventory confronted one other former world champion in Alla Cherkasova of Ukraine. After falling behind, she recovered late to win 10-4.

The gold medal caps a protracted quest for Mensah-Inventory, who completed first in U.S. Olympic group trials forward of the Rio Olympics however was unable to compete as a result of the U.S. had not certified to earn a spot in her weight class. She traveled to Brazil for the Video games however solely as a coaching companion.

It is the second medal for the U.S. ladies in Tokyo, coming at some point after five-time world champion Adeline Grey gained silver within the 76-kilogram class. Helen Maroulis, who gained Workforce USA's first gold medal in ladies's wrestling in 2016, is slated to wrestle late Wednesday morning (native time) in Japan.

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