|Date||18 August 2016|
|Location||Arena Carioca 2, Parque Olímpico da Barra, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro|
|Participants||19 from 19 countries|
|Format||Single elimination tournament. Competitors losing to the finalists entered repechage tournament for bronze medals.|
When Mongolia’s Soronzonboldyn Battsetseg won a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London in the 63 kg weight class, it was her country’s first Olympic wrestling medal since 1980. She became a household name, adorning billboards and such, and was more popular than the president of Mongolia. Already the 2010 World champion at the time of the London Olympics, she added another World title in 2015 (after a World silver in 2013) making her the favourite for the 63kg class coming into Rio 2016. With Kaori Icho of Japan, who she had major global losses to, moving down to the 58 kg, Battsetseg had former Icho understudy, the 2015 World silver medalist Risako Kawai of Japan, and Ukraine’s Yuliya Tkach, with whom she has traded gold medals with over the last two World Championships, to contend with for Rio gold.
But in a shocking turn, the World champion Battsetseg was upset by American Elena Pirozhkova in the quarter-finals, and Tkach didn’t advance past the second round. Meanwhile Kawai dominated in her preliminaries, only giving up two points in three bouts en-route to the gold medal match, where she met Mariya Mamoshuk of Belarus who was making her Olympic début. The Belarussian had earlier beaten Kazakhstan’s Yekaterina Larionova 8-2, Sweden’s Henna Johansson 7-2 and American Pirozhkova 3-2. However, Kawai was too much for the Olympic rookie, and she ran out the 3-0 winner, and with victory came Japan’s fourth wrestling gold medal in Rio. She celebrated in style by delivering two fireman’s carry takedowns on her coach Kazuhito Sakae after he ran up to congratulate her after her victory. Needless to say, the video of it went viral!
Larionova won her bronze medal over Pirozhkova, while Poland’s Monika Michalik, the four-time European champion competing in her third Olympic Games, defeated Inna Trazhukova of Russia, for the other bronze.
Winner of each match advanced to round two. Losers to eventual finalists advanced to repêchage round one.
|Match #1||Soronzonboldyn Battsetseg||MGL||Bye|
|Match #2||Blessing Oborududu||NGR||Bye|
|Match #3||Elena Pirozhkova||USA||Bye|
|Match #4||Taybe Yusein||BUL||Bye|
|Match #5||Yekaterina Larionova||KAZ||Bye|
|Match #6||Maryia Mamashuk||BLR||Bye|
|Match #7||Henna Johansson||SWE||Bye|
|Match #8||Adéla Hanzlíčková||CZE||Bye|
|Match #9||Risako Kawai||JPN||Bye|
|Match #10||Monika Michalik||POL||Bye|
|Match #11||Héla Riabi||TUN||Bye|
|Match #12||Anastasija Grigorjeva||LAT||Bye|
|Match #13||Xu Rui||CHN||Bye|
|Match #14||Yuliya Tkach||UKR||Danielle Lappage||CAN||Injury (0:41)|
|Match #15||Inna Trazhukova||RUS||Marianna Sastin||HUN||Decision by shutout (3 - 0)|
|Match #16||Hafize Şahin||TUR||Laís Nunes||BRA||Fall (2:56)|
Winner of each match advanced to quarter-finals. Losers to eventual finalists advanced to repêchage round one.
|Match #1||Soronzonboldyn Battsetseg||MGL||Blessing Oborududu||NGR||Decision (1 - 1)|
|Match #2||Elena Pirozhkova||USA||Taybe Yusein||BUL||Decision (10 - 7)|
|Match #3||Maryia Mamashuk||BLR||Yekaterina Larionova||KAZ||Decision (8 - 2)|
|Match #4||Henna Johansson||SWE||Adéla Hanzlíčková||CZE||Great Superiority (11 - 0)|
|Match #5||Risako Kawai||JPN||Monika Michalik||POL||Decision by shutout (5 - 0)|
|Match #6||Anastasija Grigorjeva||LAT||Héla Riabi||TUN||Great Superiority (10 - 0)|
|Match #7||Xu Rui||CHN||Yuliya Tkach||UKR||Decision (3 - 1)|
|Match #8||Inna Trazhukova||RUS||Hafize Şahin||TUR||Decision (9 - 5)|
Winner of each match advanced to semi-finals. Losers to eventual finalists advanced to repêchage round two.
|Match #1||Elena Pirozhkova||USA||Soronzonboldyn Battsetseg||MGL||Decision (3 - 2)|
|Match #2||Maryia Mamashuk||BLR||Henna Johansson||SWE||Decision (7 - 2)|
|Match #3||Risako Kawai||JPN||Anastasija Grigorjeva||LAT||Decision (8 - 2)|
|Match #4||Inna Trazhukova||RUS||Xu Rui||CHN||Decision (5 - 4)|
Winner of each match advanced to final. Losers advanced to repêchage final.
|Match #1||Maryia Mamashuk||BLR||Elena Pirozhkova||USA||Decision (3 - 2)|
|Match #2||Risako Kawai||JPN||Inna Trazhukova||RUS||Great Superiority (10 - 0)|
Winner of each match advanced to repêchage round two.
|Match #1||Yekaterina Larionova||KAZ||Bye|
|Match #2||Monika Michalik||POL||Bye|
Winner of each match advanced to repêchage final.
|Match #1||Yekaterina Larionova||KAZ||Henna Johansson||SWE||Fall (3:57)|
|Match #2||Monika Michalik||POL||Anastasija Grigorjeva||LAT||Decision (5 - 2)|
|Match #1||Yekaterina Larionova||KAZ||Elena Pirozhkova||USA||Fall (3:58)|
|Match #2||Monika Michalik||POL||Inna Trazhukova||RUS||Decision (6 - 3)|
|Match 1/2||Risako Kawai||JPN||Maryia Mamashuk||BLR||Decision by shutout (6 - 0)|