Courtesy John Sachs/TheMat.com
After coming up short in Beijing in 2008, Team USA’s Clarissa Chun is coming home with a medal around her neck.
Chun won the bronze in the consolation round in the 48 kg division; having only lost to eventual silver medalist Mariya Stadnyk (AZE) in the second round of the tournament 2-0, 2-3.
In the bronze medal bracket, Chun got a pin over Iwona Nina Matkowska of Poland; then secured her medal with an 1-0 and 3-0 scores over Irina Melnik-Merleni of the Ukraine.
Chun had lost in the bronze medal match in Beijing, and even though she didn’t get gold, she was more than happy winning the bronze.
“It’s not the color I imagined, but I’m happy,” Chun told TheMat.com. “Gold is what I strive for, but I’m happy with the bronze. For me, it was about finishing strong. That’s the difference I made from Beijing when I lost in the semis. I was a nervous wreck after I lost in 2008.”
In other action, American Elena Pirozhkova lost her first match in the 63 kg weight class in a three rounder to European runner-up Anastasija Grigorjeva of Latvia. Since Grigorjeva didn’t make it to the semi-finals, Pirozhkova was eliminated completely from the tournament.
Japan swept the day’s gold medals; with Olympic 63 kg champion Kaori Icho gaining her third – a feet unmatched by any female at this time. Icho’s fellow country woman Hitomi Obara took the gold at 48 kg.
Women’s wrestling concludes tomorrow with the 55 kg and 72 kg divisions. Kelsey Campbell (55 kg) and Ali Bernard (72 kg) will hope to gain the U.S. two more medals.
The matches will stream on NBCOlympics.com/LiveExtra Thursday morning; with replays on CNBC in the afternoon.
48 kg/105.5 lbs Medalists
- Gold – Hitomi Obara (JPN)
- Silver – Mariya Stadnyk (AZE)
- Bronze – Carol Huynh (CAN)
- Bronze – Clarissa Chun (USA)
63 kg/139 lbs Medalists
- Gold – Kaori Icho (JPN)
- Silver – Jing Ruixue (CHN)
- Bronze – Battsetseg Soronzonbold (MGL)
- Bronze – Lubov Volosova (RUS)