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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, sheโ€™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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Team USA's players celebrate their victory in their women's gold medal volleyball match against Brazil during the Olympic Games at Ariake Arena in Tokyo on Sunday. Photo: Yuri Cortez/AFP via Getty Images

๐Ÿฅ‡: U.S. clinches top Olympic gold spot after women's indoor volleyball team win

๐Ÿ€: U.S. women's basketball scores 7th straight Olympic gold medal

๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ: American Jennifer Valente wins final women's cycling gold of Tokyo Games

๐Ÿคธ๐Ÿฟโ€โ™€๏ธ: Biden lauds Biles for mental health "courage," praises Team USA in virtual meeting โ€” Poll: Americans care about Olympians' mental health

๐ŸŽ: Germany's modern pentathlon coach disqualified from Games for punching horse

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At least 2 dead after Tonga volcano eruption and tsunami

A satellite image of the explosive eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano on Saturday. Photo: UNICEF/NOAA

At least two people are confirmed to have died in Tonga following the undersea volcanic eruption that sent tsunami waves toward the island nation and across the Pacific over the weekend, officials said Monday.

The big picture: Officials reported major damage along the western coast of the main island of Tongatapu, where the capital, Nuku'alofa, was covered in ash and dust, including on the runway of the airport. A New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson told Axios over the phone that two people had been confirmed to have died in the disaster.

Airlines call for Biden admin's "immediate intervention" in 5G deployment

Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The CEOs of leading U.S. air cargo and passenger carriers on Monday warned the Biden administration there could be "catastrophic disruption" after AT&T and Verizon deploy a new 5G service this week.

Driving the news: They said in a letter to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and other top federal officials ahead of the C-Band 5G service's deployment Wednesday that "the nation's commerce will grind to a halt" and "could potentially strand tens of thousands of Americans overseas."