WOW! Female Wrestler Adeline Gray Fights 3 Opponents in a Single Day to Guarantee a Medal at the Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 08/01/2021, 6:50 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Wrestling – Freestyle – Women’s 76kg – Semifinal – Makuhari Messe Hall A, Chiba, Japan – August 1, 2021. Adeline Maria Gray of the United States celebrates after winning against Aiperi Medet Kyzy of Kyrgyzstan REUTERS/Leah Millis


Adeline Gray, the five-time world champion, had a good first session at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games today, winning three matches and qualifying for the finals. This victory over Kyrgyzstan’s Aiperi Medet Kyzy ensures her a medal in this year’s Olympics. This would be her first medal at the Olympics. She might feel redeemed in a way after having finished 7th in the 2016 edition of the Olympic Games.

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About the matches: Adeline Gray prevails to victory

Match 1

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Gray, the top seed, got things started with a first-period pin of Tunisian Zaineb Sghaier, the runner-up in the African/Oceania Olympic qualifier for 2021. She went up 4-0 with a takedown and a gut wrench. As a result, Adeline Gray powered Sghaier on her back after another takedown and pinned her in 2:11.

Match 2

In the second match, the fight came much closer after Adeline Gray took a commanding lead in the first period. This match was against Turkey’s Yasemin Adar. After going 6-0 down to Gray, Adar fought back in the second period. She came back with a 2 and 2 late in the second. Adar’s last period takedown and ankle lace turn got the spectators at home on edge. Experts believed that this could’ve gone badly for Gray very easily. Yet she prevailed.

“I thought Adeline wrestled really well,” said her personal coach Nate Engel. “She got to her shots and got to her offense. When Adeline gets her hands locked, she can score on anybody. We just talk about one match at a time because we don’t want to look past anybody. It’s important to go out there, get to her attacks and finish and get her hand raised.”

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Match 3

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In her third match (the semi-final), Gray surpassed Kyrgyzstan’s Kyzy with a score of 3-2. In the first period of this match, Gray only got 2 technical points, but led earlier in the second period with a shot clock point. She did not let Kyzy score any points in the first period. Expectedly, Kyzy attempted to come back in the second period with a late 2, but Adeline Gray held on till the end.

For the gold medal, Adeline Gray will face Germany’s Aline Rotter-Focken on August 2.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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