Calgary-based wrestler Erica Wiebe has won an Olympic gold in the 75kg freestyle wrestling event.
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Watch above the wrestlingÂ repechages, bronze and gold medal matches featuring womenâ€™s freestyle 53kg, 63kg and 75kg including Canadaâ€™s Erica Wiebe from the Carioca Arena 2 in Rio de Janeiro.
Video showing how Calgary-based wrestler Erica Wiebe has
won an Olympic gold in the 75kg freestyle wrestling event.(PC Users
Canadian wrestler EricaÂ Wiebe wears her emotions on her singlet.This was readily apparent after the 27-year-oldÂ won gold by defeatingÂ Kazakhstanâ€™sÂ GuzelÂ ManyurovaÂ in the 75-kilogram final at the Rio Olympics.
â€œI love this sport and I never thought Iâ€™d be an Olympic champion, but today I had my best day,â€ WiebeÂ told CBC Sports after the bout.
The Olympic gold medal is Canadaâ€™s fourth at
the Games and continues Canadaâ€™s medal streak in
wrestling. Itâ€™s also Canadaâ€™s largest gold-medal tally at a Summer OlympicsÂ since theÂ 1992 Barcelona Games where Canadians won seven.
The Stittsville, Ont., native dominated the Kazakh veteran, who took silver in 2004 and bronze in 2012, winning by a score of 6-0 after downingÂ VasilisaÂ MarzaliukÂ ofÂ Belarus, Chinaâ€™sÂ FengliuÂ ZhangÂ and Germanyâ€™s MariaÂ SelmaierÂ earlier in the day.
â€œIâ€™ve never had this much fun wrestling,â€ Wiebe said.Â â€œI just wanted to go out there, not think about what match it was or who I was wrestling.
Zhang and Russiaâ€™s Ekaterina Bukina tied for the bronze medal.Â With the victory, Wiebe follows in the footsteps of two-time Olympic medallist Carol Huynh, the winner of Canadaâ€™s first-ever gold in womenâ€™s wrestling in Beijing eight years ago, and Tonya Verbeek, who finished on the podium at three separate Games.
Canadaâ€™s only other gold in wrestling was won by Daniel Igali in 2000.
Thursdayâ€™s win at Barra Olympic Park was Canadaâ€™s fourth gold medal in Brazil, equalling the combined haul from 2008 (three) and 2012 (one), and the most since the seven collected in Barcelona in 1992.
Wiebe,Â who didnâ€™t make Canadaâ€™s team for last summerâ€™s Pan Am Games in Toronto, beat Marzaliuk 3-0 in the semifinals after coming from behind to defeat Zhang 3-1 in the quarters.
CREDIT:Â Benjamin Blum, CBC Sports, Olympics.cbc.ca