| Event type

Featherweight, Freestyle (≤53 kilograms), Women

Date5 – 6 August 2021
LocationMakuhari Messe, 2-1, Nakase, Mihama-ku, Chiba, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
Participants16 from 16 countries

India’s Vinesh Phogat was seeded first, followed by Japan’s Mayu Mukaida, and then Ecuadorian Luisa Valverde and China’s Pang Qianyu. Phogat was the 2018 Asian and Commonwealth Games Champion, but had also been a COVID-19 victim, although she had recovered by the time of the Olympics. The 2019 World Champion was Pak Yong-Mi of North Korea, but that country elected not to compete at Tokyo. The defending gold medallist was American Helen Maroulis, who was back at Tokyo but had moved up in class to 57 kg.

Phogat won her opening match but then was taken down by fall in round two by Belarussian Vanesa Kaladzinskaya. Kaladzinskaya then faced Pang in the semi-finals, but lost a desperately close match, 2-2, that was decided by judges’ decision. Mukaida won her three matches relatively easily to also advance to the final.

Mukaida and Pang had a very close match with the Japanese coming out on top at full time, 5-4, to secure the gold medal. The bronze medals went to the losing semi-finalists, Kaladzinskaya and Mongolia’s Bat Ochir Bolortuya.

1Mayu MukaidaJPN1402339Gold
2Pang QianyuCHN1000149Silver
=3Vanesa KaladzinskayaBLR1521255Bronze
=3Bat Ochiryn BolortuyaaMGL14123615Bronze
=5Jacarra WinchesterUSA7001414
=5Joseph EssombeCMR400828
7Roksana ZasinaPOL500918
8Luisa ValverdeECU4001619
9 VineshIND3001010
10Olga KhoroshavtsevaROC10047
11Maria PrevolarakiGRE100411
12Tatyana AkhmetovaKAZ10023
13Sofia MattssonSWE10017
14Rckaela AquinoGUM00004
15Laura HerinCUB00007
16Andreea AnaROU000010

Round One

Date5 August 2021 — 12:50
Match #105 Aug 12:50 VineshINDDecisionSofia MattssonSWE
Match #205 AugVanesa KaladzinskayaBLRTechnical superiority by shutoutAndreea AnaROU
Match #305 AugJacarra WinchesterUSADecisionOlga KhoroshavtsevaROC
Match #405 AugPang QianyuCHNDecision by shutoutLaura HerinCUB
Match #505 AugLuisa ValverdeECUDecisionMaria PrevolarakiGRE
Match #605 AugBat Ochiryn BolortuyaaMGLFallRckaela AquinoGUM
Match #705 AugRoksana ZasinaPOLDecisionTatyana AkhmetovaKAZ
Match #805 AugMayu MukaidaJPNTechnical superiority by shutoutJoseph EssombeCMR


Date5 August 2021 — 21:20
Match #105 Aug 21:20Vanesa KaladzinskayaBLRFall VineshIND
Match #205 AugPang QianyuCHNDecisionJacarra WinchesterUSA
Match #305 AugBat Ochiryn BolortuyaaMGLTechnical superiorityLuisa ValverdeECU
Match #405 AugMayu MukaidaJPNTechnical superiorityRoksana ZasinaPOL


Date5 August 2021 — 18:55
Match #105 Aug 18:55Pang QianyuCHNDecisionVanesa KaladzinskayaBLR
Match #205 AugMayu MukaidaJPNDecisionBat Ochiryn BolortuyaaMGL

Repêchage Round One

Date6 August 2021
Match #106 AugJacarra WinchesterUSADecision by shutoutLaura HerinCUB
Match #206 AugJoseph EssombeCMRDecisionRoksana ZasinaPOL

Repêchage Final

Date6 August 2021 — 11:00
Match #106 Aug 11:00Vanesa KaladzinskayaBLRFallJacarra WinchesterUSA
Match #206 AugBat Ochiryn BolortuyaaMGLTechnical superiorityJoseph EssombeCMR

Final Round

Date6 August 2021 — 20:55
Match 1/206 Aug 11:30Mayu MukaidaJPNDecisionPang QianyuCHN