U.S. wins bronze in women's freestyle wrestling
LONDON (MCT) — The U.S. picked up a surprise bronze medal in the 105.5-pound class of women's freestyle wrestling. Clarissa Chun, 30, lost her second round match to Maria Stadnyk of Azerbaijan. But because Stadnyk made the gold-medal match, Chun was allowed back in the tournament through the repechage round.
It was there that she beat Irini Merlini of the Ukraine to win one of two bronze medals. In the 2008 Beijing Games, Merlini pinned Chun to win the bronze medal. Merlini was the gold medalist in 2004.
The gold was won by Hitomi Obara of Japan, when she beat Stadnyk in the final match. Carol Huynh of Canada won the other bronze.
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