Tamyra Mensah Stock celebrates winning the women’s 68kg freestyle event. title fight at the 2022 World United Wrestling Championships on September 15, 2022 in Belgrade, Serbia.
Olympic champion Tamyra Mensah Stock and teenager Amit Elor led another wave of American medals with titles won Thursday at the United Wrestling World Championships.
Mensah Stock clinched his second world title with an exclamation mark in Belgrade, Serbia.
The 29-year-old Houston player circled Japan’s Ami Ishii and put the U20 world champion on her back for a pin that ended the women’s 68kg freestyle. title fight. This victory gave Mensah Stock the fourth medal at the world championships. She won the 2019 title but finished third last year after winning Olympic gold in Tokyo.
Elor, 18, won a gold medal on her senior world championship debut to become the youngest woman in United States history to win a world title. She scored a 10-0 technical fall to No. 1 seed and 2021 world silver medalist Zhamila Bakbergenova of Kazakhstan at 72kg. title fight. The win clinched Elor’s fourth world title at various age levels, including the U20 World Championships earlier this year.
Helen Maroulis, 2016 Olympic champion and three-time world champion, completed the second straight day of triple medals by American freestyle wrestlers, winning silver at 57kg.
The United States has won three gold, two silver and two bronze medals over the past three days, tying an American women’s record. Three more medals have already been clinched for Friday’s competition, which features three American freestyle wrestlers in title matches.
Maroulis settled for silver, her sixth career world championship medal, after losing the title match at 57kg. in a battle between two 2021 gold medalists. Tsugumi Sakurai of Japan, who won the 55 kg. world title and moved up a weight class this year, outplayed No. 1 seed Maroulis.
Men’s freestyle wrestlers Zain Retherford (70kg), Jordan Burroughs (79kg) and David Taylor (86kg) will all be aiming for gold on Friday after winning the semifinals on Thursday.
Burroughs, who has won five world titles and the 2012 Olympic gold medal, is trying to set the US record for combined world and Olympic championships. He will face Iranian Mohammad Nokhodi, who lost to Burroughs in the 2021 World Finals.
Retherford, a three-time NCAA champion at Penn State, takes on Taishi Narikuni of Japan at 70 kg. final. Taylor, 2020 Olympic champion and 2018 world champion, takes on 2016 Olympic champion and three-time world champion Hassan Yazdani of Iran at 86kg.