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Hawaii’s Chun Wins Bronze Medal in Wrestling

August 8, 2012, 6:02 PM HST
* Updated August 8, 10:25 PM
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Clarissa Kyoko Mei Ling Chun of Hawaii celebrates after her win against Irini Merleni of Ukraine in their 48-kg women’s freestyle wrestling bronze medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London on Wednesday. AP Photo / Paul Sancya.

By Rodney S. Yap

Hawaii wrestler Clarissa Chun shared the bronze medal in the women’s 48-kilogram wrestling freestyle Wednesday, giving the US its first wrestling medal of the London Games.

Hitomi Obara of Japan won the gold medal, rallying to beat Mariya Stadnyk of Azerbaijan 0-4, 1-0, 2-0 for her first Olympic title.

Chun, a Roosevelt High graduate, shared the bronze with Canada’s Carol Huynh.

Obara had won six world titles at 51 kilograms, a non-Olympic weight, and took the last two world titles at 48 kilos. Stadnyk, the bronze medalist in Beijing, also lost to Obara in the 2011 world championship final.

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Huynh, who lost to Obara, beat Isabelle Sambou of Senegal, 1-0, 3-0, Points.

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Chun was dominant in taking down China’s Zhao Shasha in her first match. But she drew Stadnyk in the round of 16 — an unlucky draw considering Chun won the world championship just four years ago and was fifth in Beijing — and fell 2-0, 3-0.

Pirozhkova didn’t earn a spot in the consolation bracket. Chun did, and she preserved through the repechage to bring a sense of relief to the Americans.

Bronze medalist Clarissa Kyoko Mei Ling Chun of the Hawaii participates in the awards ceremony for 48-kg women’s freestyle wrestling at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London on Wednesday. AP Photo / Paul Sancya.

Chun wrestled her way back into a bronze-medal matchup with Ukrainian Irina Merleni, who beat Chun for bronze in the same scenario in 2008.

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Chun scored late to take the first period, then sealed the win with three points in the second frame.

“It was like redemption time,” Chun said. “I learned from Beijing. . . .  I just stayed, collected and excited for the opportunity.”

 

Women’s Freestyle 48Kg Qualification

Clarissa Kyoko Mei Ling Chun, Kapolei, Hawaii, def. Zhao Shasha, China, 5-0, 1-0, Points.

Otgontsetseg Davaasukh, Mongolia, def. Carolina Castillo Hidalgo, Colombia, 2-1, 2-0, Points.

Iwona Nina Matkowska, Poland, def. Patricia Alejandra Bermudez, Argentina, 1-0, 3-0, Points.

 

1/8 Finals

Vanesa Kaladzinskaya, Belarus, def. Zhuldyz Eshimova, Kazakhstan, 5-0, 4-1, Pins.

Carol Huynh, Canada, def. Thi Lua Nguyen, Vietnam, 3-0, Pins.

Isabelle Sambou, Senegal, def. Tanoh Benie, Ivory Coast, 7-0, 6-0, Superiority.

Hitomi Obara, Japan, def. Maroi Mezien, Tunisia, 4-0, Pins.

Mayelis Yesenia Caripa Castillo, Venezuela, def. Alexandra Engelhardt, Germany, 2-0, 2-1, Points.

Irini Merleni, Ukraine, def. Kim Hyungjoo, South Korea, 1-1, 4-0, Points.

Mariya Stadnyk, Azerbaijan, def. Clarissa Kyoko Mei Ling Chun, Kapolei, Hawaii, 2-0, 3-0, Points.

Iwona Nina Matkowska, Poland, def. Otgontsetseg Davaasukh, Mongolia, 0-1, 2-1, 4-0, Pins.

 

Quarterfinals

Carol Huynh, Canada, def. Vanesa Kaladzinskaya, Belarus, 6-0, 3-0, Points.

Hitomi Obara, Japan, def. Isabelle Sambou, Senegal, 2-0, 5-0, Points.

Irini Merleni, Ukraine, def. Mayelis Yesenia Caripa Castillo, Venezuela, 4-0, Pins.

Mariya Stadnyk, Azerbaijan, def. Iwona Nina Matkowska, Poland, 2-0, 4-1, Points.

 

Repechage

Martine Dugrenier, Canada, def. Henna Johansson, Sweden, 1-1, 2-1, 6-0, Points.

Monika Ewa Michalik, Poland, def. Un Gyong Choe, North Korea, 1-0, 4-1, Points.

 

Semifinals

Hitomi Obara, Japan, def. Carol Huynh, Canada, 2-0, 2-1, Points.

Mariya Stadnyk, Azerbaijan, def. Irini Merleni, Ukraine, 1-0, 3-0, Points.

 

Bronze Medals

Carol Huynh, Canada, def. Isabelle Sambou, Senegal, 1-0, 3-0, Points.

Clarissa Kyoko Mei Ling Chun, Kapolei, Hawaii, def. Irini Merleni, Ukraine, 1-0, 3-0, Points.

 

Gold Medal

Hitomi Obara, Japan, def. Mariya Stadnyk, Azerbaijan, 0-4, 1-0, 2-0, Points.

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