November 29, 2022


CHIBA, Japan (AP) — American wrestler Adeline Grey fell in need of the career-defining second she sought for therefore lengthy.

Germany’s Aline Rotter-Focken beat her 7-3 Monday night time within the 76-kilogram ladies’s freestyle wrestling remaining.

Grey is a five-time world champion, however she had by no means claimed an Olympic medal. She completed a disappointing seventh on the Rio de Janiero Video games in 2016 whereas preventing by way of accidents that stored her out of motion for a yr.

She bounced again to win two extra world titles and earn the No. 1 seed on the Olympics. She was assured she would be part of Helen Maroulis as the one two U.S. ladies’s wrestling Olympic gold medalists.


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Even with the loss, Grey feels her legacy is protected. It was simply the sixth medal for a U.S. ladies’s wrestler.

“A silver medal isn’t what I got here for, nevertheless it’s what I’ve,” Grey stated. “And I’m very proud to deliver residence a medal from the Olympics for Group USA. I wished it to be a special colour, however I’m additionally very enthusiastic about going again with some {hardware}.”

Rotter-Focken, the No. 2 seed, was emotional after the victory.

“It’s loopy, it’s unbelievable,” she stated. “I dreamed about it for a few years and I labored for this each day. It’s unreal proper now. I believe I want a couple of years to acknowledge this.”

Rotter-Focken scored an early level for Grey’s inactivity. She countered a shot by Grey to go up 3-0, then scored 4 factors on a throw to go up 7-0.

The throw shocked Grey.

“I’m an enormous, robust girl, and she or he put her hips into me and squashed me to the bottom,” Grey stated. “And she or he took benefit of some size that she has over me.”

Grey lastly acquired on the board on a step-out with simply over a minute to go. She scored two on a takedown with about 30 seconds remaining, however that was all she may handle.

She then watched her buddy have a good time and carry the German flag. They each are 30 years outdated and have competed since their teenage years.

“Aline is a buddy, and I’m so proud that I acquired to exit on the mat and compete together with her,” Grey stated. “I wished to come back out on prime, however she did this time. However I’m positive this may simply be a friendship that blossoms much more. Perhaps simply not till after the world championships this yr. So I hope to see her there.”

China’s Qian Zhou and Turkey’s Yasemin Adar earned bronze medals.

Cuba’s Mijain Lopez turned the primary man to win 4 Olympic gold medals in wrestling when he defeated Georgia’s Iakobi Kajaia 5-0 within the Greco-Roman 130-kilogram remaining.

The 38-year-old was unscored upon in his 4 matches. He joins Japan’s Kaori Icho as the one wrestlers to assert 4 Olympic golds. Icho received freestyle gold medals in 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016. Lopez received gold at 120 kg in 2008 and 2012 and 130 kg in 2016 earlier than his victory on Monday.

Lopez defeated Turkey’s Riza Kayaalp 2-0 within the semifinals on Sunday in a rematch of the 2016 gold medal match.

Kayaalp received bronze over Iran’s Amin Mirzazadeh 7-2. The Russian Olympic Committee’s Sergey Semenov received the opposite bronze, defeating Chile’s Yamani Acosta Fernandez.

Within the different remaining Monday, Cuba’s Luis Orta Sanchez defeated Japan’s Kenichiro Fumita 5-1 within the 60kg class. Fumita, making an attempt to win in his residence nation, was the No. 1 seed and a two-time world champion.

American Tamyra Mensah-Inventory, the No. 1 seed within the ladies’s 68kg freestyle class, will wrestle for gold on Tuesday. She was tied 4-all heading into the ultimate two minutes of a semifinal towards Ukraine’s Alla Cherkasova on Monday earlier than taking management to win 10-4. Mensah-Inventory will face Nigeria’s Blessing Oborududu within the remaining.

In her opener on Monday, Mensah-Inventory confronted Japan’s Sara Dosho, who received gold in Rio at 69kg. Mensah-Inventory dominated, profitable by technical superiority 10-0 on the 2:07 mark. In her quarterfinal towards China’s Feng Zhao, she led 6-0 on the break and ultimately received 10-0 by technical superiority on the 4:39 mark.

American Ildar Hafizov was making an attempt to earn a spot within the bronze medal match within the Greco-Roman 60kg class. He led No. 2 seed Sergey Emelin of the Russian Olympic Committee 1-0 after the primary interval however was overwhelmed within the second and misplaced 7-1. Emelin received a bronze medal.

In Greco-Roman 97kg, American G’Angelo Hancock beat Mihail Kajaia of Serbia 5-1 in his opener. In his quarterfinal towards Poland’s Tadeusz Michalik, with the rating tied at 1, Michalik acquired some extent on a step-out. The U.S. challenged and misplaced, giving Michalik one other level. Michalik held on and received 4-3.


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