Rio Olympics: Helen Maroulis becomes first American woman to win wrestling gold
Maroulis took down maybe the best women's freestyle wrestler ever in the final
One of the biggest shockers of these Rio Games happened on Thursday. In women's wrestling, 53kg freestyle class, American Helen Louise Maroulis became the first woman to win a wrestling gold medal in United States history.
And if that wasn't enough, she did it in an underdog role, knocking off 13-time world champion Saori Yoshida of Japan.
Saori Yoshida had won SIXTEEN straight Olympic/world titles since 2002. https://t.co/HXewcrHmXr— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) August 18, 2016
Both Yoshida, 33, and Maroulis, 24, wept with gratitude -- both probably equally stunned -- as they accepted their medals on the podium.
After winning, Maroulis hugged her coach, accepted an American flag, then ran into the stands to hug her family. She eventually ran around the arena, carrying the flag and continuing to cry.
Wrestling is not a sport that subjects itself to a litany of upsets, but it can deliver some of the biggest ones in any Olympics.
Yoshida was the three-time reigning Olympic champion in the event. This is Maroulis' first Olympics.
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