Aug 4, 2021 - Sports

Tamyra Mensah-Stock first Black woman to win Olympic wrestling gold

USA's Tamyra Mariama Mensah-Stock  celebrates beating Blessing Oborududu of Nigeria in the Women's Freestyle 68kg Gold Medal Match at the Olympic Games on August 03, 2021 in Chiba, Japan.
American Tamyra Mariama Mensah-Stock celebrates defeating Nigeria's Blessing Oborududu in the women's freestyle 68kg gold medal match at the Olympic Games at Makuhari Messe Hall in Chiba, Japan, on Tuesday night. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images

American Tamyra Mensah-Stock told reporters after beating Nigeria's Blessing Oborududu 4-1 to win the women's freestyle 68kg gold medal Tuesday it's "awesome" that a Black woman has for the first time won the sport's top prize.

What she's saying: "Look at us representing," said the 28-year-old Texan, who is the second U.S. woman to win Olympic gold in freestyle wrestling, per the New York Times.

  • "Mensah-Stock noted that she realized "if one of us wins, we're making history."
  • "It's fantastic. It meant a lot. I'm so proud of Blessing. I was looking at her, 'Dang, she’s killing it.' But I can kill it, too," she said.
  • Mensah-Stock also spoke to reporters of her pride in representing Team USA. "I love representing the U.S.," she said. "I freaking love living there."
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