Fri, September 20, 2013

Canada's Carol Huynh picks up bronze in wrestling

By STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency


Canada's Carol Huynh (in red) fights with Japan's Hitomi Obara on the Women's 48Kg Greco-Roman wrestling at the ExCel venue during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 8, 2012. (REUTERS)


LONDON - Defending Olympic freestyle wrestling champion Carol Huynh of Hazelton, B.C. defeated African champion Isabelle Sambou of Senegal to win the 48kg bronze medal on Wednesday night.

Huynh, who family came to Canada as refugees from Vietnam, defeated Sambou 2-0 in a low-action match which saw the Senegalese wrestler content not to initiate much action.

The first round ended in a 0-0 but Huynh earned the point with a two-legged takedown in the tiebreaker. The second round also ended 0-0 and Huynh did the same move for the victory.

Earlier, Huynh lost to Hitomi Obara, an eight time world champion from Japan, in the semi-finals and was relegated to the bronze match. Huynh fought tough, but Obara won the first round 2-0 and the second 2-1. Huynh initiated the action and managed to get a hold of Obara’s leg twice, which usually leads to control or exposure points, but the Japanese wrestler was just too strong for the Canadian to complete her moves. Obara had retired twice in the past, the second time after missing her spot for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and started coaching her younger sister Makiko. She then made a second comeback and started competing in the 48kg category, down from 51kg.

Huynh, 31, looked great in her first two bouts, winning her opening bout in quick fashion, pinning Thi Lua Nguyen of Vietnam in 34 seconds and then dispatched Vanesa Kaladzinskaya of Belarus in two rounds, scoring three points in each.

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