Wrestler Erica Wiebe wins Canada’s 4th gold medal at Rio Olympics


40578_G24_W01Calgary-based wrestler Erica Wiebe has won an Olympic gold in the 75kg freestyle wrestling event.

Watch above the wrestling repechages, bronze and gold medal matches featuring women’s freestyle 53kg, 63kg and 75kg including Canada’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 Only)

Canadian wrestler Erica Wiebe wears her emotions on her singlet.This was readily apparent after the 27-year-old won gold by defeating Kazakhstan’s Guzel Manyurova in the 75-kilogram final at the Rio Olympics.ericawiebe_75kg_gold_jasonransomphoto-11

“I love this sport and I never thought I’d be an Olympic champion, but today I had my best day,” Wiebe told CBC Sports after the bout.

“It’s amazing.”

The Olympic gold medal is Canada’s fourth at the Games and continues Canada’s medal streak in women’s
wrestling. It’s also Canada’s largest gold-medal tally at a Summer Olympics since the 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 downing Vasilisa Marzaliuk of Belarus, China’s Fengliu Zhang and Germany’s Maria Selmaier earlier in the day.

“I’ve never had this much fun wrestling,” Wiebe said. “I just wanted to go out there, not think about what match it was or who I was wrestling.40391_G24_W01

Zhang and Russia’s Ekaterina Bukina tied for the bronze medal. With the victory, Wiebe follows in the footsteps of two-time Olympic medallist Carol Huynh, the winner of Canada’s first-ever gold in women’s wrestling in Beijing eight years ago, and Tonya Verbeek, who finished on the podium at three separate Games.

Canada’s only other gold in wrestling was won by Daniel Igali in 2000.

Thursday’s win at Barra Olympic Park was Canada’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, who didn’t make Canada’s team for last summer’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: Benjamin Blum, CBC Sports, Olympics.cbc.ca

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