|Date||4 – 5 August 2021|
|Location||Makuhari Messe, 2-1, Nakase, Mihama-ku, Chiba, Chiba Prefecture, Japan|
|Participants||16 from 16 countries|
Japan’s Risako Kawai was the defending Olympic gold medallist and the 2019 World Champion in this class and had also won the 2018 Worlds at 59 kg and the 2017 Worlds at 60 kg. She was seeded first, followed by Nigerian Odunayo Adekuoroye, a three-time medallist at the World Championships and a Commonwealth Games Champion in 2014 and 2018. Japan’s Kaori Icho, likely the greatest ever female wrestler, had won gold at 58 kg in Rio, following three gold medals at 62 kg in 2004, 2008, and 2012. Since retired, Icho’s absence opened up the class for other wrestlers looking to medal.
The other seeds were Iryna Kurachkina (BLR-3) and Rong Ningning (CHN-4). Kurachkina had two bronze medals from the World Championships while Rong had won the Worlds in this class in 2018 and was runner-up in 2019 to Kawai. Unseeded but also expected to challenge was the United States’ Helen Maroulis, who had won the gold medal at Rio at 53 kg, but had since moved up in class.
The shock of the opening round came when Adekuoroye was taken down by fall by unheralded Moldovan Anastasia Nichita. Rong was also defeated in round one, but she was taken out, 8-0, by Maroulis, not really an upset. Both Kawai and Kurachkina won their opening matches.
The semi-finals saw Kawai meet Maroulis, who she defeated in a defensive struggle, 2-1, and Kurachkina facing Bulgarian Evelina Nikolova, who was no match for the Belarussian, losing 11-0 by technical superiority in 4:42. Kawai and Kurachkina met for the gold medal, with Kawai winning a workman-like victory 5-0. For Kawai, this completed a family wrestling double as two days before, her younger sister, Yukako Kawai, had taken the gold medal at 62 kg, and gave her two consecutive Olympic titles in this event.
The bronze medals went to Maroulis and Nikolova in easy victories, Maroulis winning by technical superiority, 11-0, over Mongolian Boldsaikhan Khongorzul, and Nikolova taking down ROC team member Valeriya Koblova by fall.
|Date||4 August 2021 — 12:50|
|Match #1||04 Aug 12:50||Risako Kawai||JPN||Decision||Fatoumata Camara||GUI|
|Match #2||04 Aug||Boldsaikhan Khongorzul||MGL||Win by injury||Mathilde Rivière||FRA|
|Match #3||04 Aug||Tetiana Kit||UKR||Fall||Siwar Bouseta||TUN|
|Match #4||04 Aug||Helen Maroulis||USA||Decision||Rong Ningning||CHN|
|Match #5||04 Aug||Iryna Kurachkina||BLR||Decision||Anshu Malik||IND|
|Match #6||04 Aug||Valeriya Koblova||ROC||Decision||Alma Valencia||MEX|
|Match #7||04 Aug||Evelina Nikolova||BUL||Decision by shutout||Jowita Wrzesień||POL|
|Match #8||04 Aug||Anastasia Nichita||MDA||Fall||Odunayo Adekuoroye||NGR|
|Date||4 August 2021 — 21:20|
|Match #1||04 Aug 21:20||Risako Kawai||JPN||Decision by shutout||Boldsaikhan Khongorzul||MGL|
|Match #2||04 Aug||Helen Maroulis||USA||Decision by shutout||Tetiana Kit||UKR|
|Match #3||04 Aug||Iryna Kurachkina||BLR||Decision||Valeriya Koblova||ROC|
|Match #4||04 Aug||Evelina Nikolova||BUL||Decision||Anastasia Nichita||MDA|
|Date||4 August 2021 — 18:55|
|Match #1||04 Aug 18:55||Risako Kawai||JPN||Decision||Helen Maroulis||USA|
|Match #2||04 Aug||Iryna Kurachkina||BLR||Technical superiority by shutout||Evelina Nikolova||BUL|
|Date||5 August 2021|
|Match #1||05 Aug||Boldsaikhan Khongorzul||MGL||Technical superiority by shutout||Fatoumata Camara||GUI|
|Match #2||05 Aug||Valeriya Koblova||ROC||Decision||Anshu Malik||IND|
|Date||5 August 2021 — 11:00|
|Match #1||05 Aug 11:00||Helen Maroulis||USA||Technical superiority by shutout||Boldsaikhan Khongorzul||MGL|
|Match #2||05 Aug||Evelina Nikolova||BUL||Fall||Valeriya Koblova||ROC|
|Date||5 August 2021 — 20:55|
|Match 1/2||05 Aug 11:30||Risako Kawai||JPN||Decision by shutout||Iryna Kurachkina||BLR|