| Event type

Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle (≤69 kilograms), Women

Date17 August 2016
LocationArena Carioca 2, Parque Olímpico da Barra, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Participants18 from 18 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament. Competitors losing to the finalists entered repechage tournament for bronze medals.

The top contender was the reigning Olympic champion and 2013 World silver medalist Nataliya Vorobyova of Russia, who was also a 69 kg bronze medalist at the 2014 World Championships, and gold medal winner the following year in 2015. But this class in Rio was loaded with World and Olympic medalists, all capable of winning Olympic gold, including World champions Aline Focken of Germany (2014 at 69 kg), Alina Stadnik of Ukraine (2013 at 67kg), and Jenny Fransson of Sweden (2012 at 72 kg) who like Vorobyova, had dropped in weight. Other previous World and Olympic medalists offering a serious challenge included China’s Zhou Feng (2015 silver behind Vorobyova, winner of the 2016 Test Event in Brazil, and was ranked No. 1 entering the Olympics), Japan’s Sara Dosho (2014 silver, and bronzes in 2013 and 2015), Canada’s Dori Yeats (2012 World silver, plus 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2015 Pan American Games champion), Ochirbatyn Nasanburmaa of Mongolia (2008, 2011, 2013 World bronzes), and Agnieszka Wieszczek-Kordus of Poland (2008 Olympic bronze).

In the end, it was Dosho vs Vorobyova for gold. Dosho scored a two-point takedown in the final minute of the match to bring the score from 2-0 to 2-2. Because Dosho’s two-point score was better than either of Vorobyova’s one-point scores, Dosho won the match on criteria, thus dethroning the reigning Olympic and World champion. Dosho’s gold medal was the third of the day for Japanese women in wrestling, as her countrywomen Eri Tosaka and Kaori Icho had won their respective weight classes in dramatic finishes. Of the 18 gold medals awarded in the sport since women’s wrestling joined the Olympic program, Japan has won 11 of them.

Sweden’s Jenny Fransson, who had suffered losses in three World Championship bronze medal bouts, and who had lost to Dosho in the Rio semi-final, made history when she became the first ever Swedish woman to win an Olympic wrestling medal defeating Canadian Dori Yeats 2-1.

The other bronze medal match saw Enas Mostafa become the first ever Egyptian woman to reach a wrestling semi-final, but lost to Kazakhstan’s Elmira Syzdykova, 7-4, dashing hopes of winning her country’s third medal of the Games.

1Sara DoshoJPN1601398Gold
2Nataliya VorobyovaRUS1420147Silver
=3Elmira SyzdykovaKAZ7001110Bronze
=3Jenny FranssonSWE1000229Bronze
=5Enas MostafaEGY9101912
=5Dori YeatsCAN9011712
7Buse TosunTUR9101519
8Ochirbatyn NasanburmaaMGL610107
9Aline FockenGER4001212
10Gilda OliveiraBRA30077
11Alina StadnikUKR200618
12Zhou FengCHN100311
13Ilana KratyshISR10026
14Hannah RuebenNGR100111
=15Chen Wen-LingTPE0006
=15Agnieszka Wieszczek-KordusPOL0006
17María José AcostaVEN0008
18Signe Marie StoreNOR0009

Round One (17 August 2016)

Winner of each match advanced to round two. Losers to eventual finalists advanced to repêchage round one.

Match #1 Nataliya VorobyovaRUS Bye
Match #2 Elmira SyzdykovaKAZ Bye
Match #3 Chen Wen-LingTPE Bye
Match #4 Ochirbatyn NasanburmaaMGL Bye
Match #5 María José AcostaVEN Bye
Match #6 Enas MostafaEGY Bye
Match #7 Ilana KratyshISR Bye
Match #8 Gilda OliveiraBRA Bye
Match #9 Zhou FengCHN Bye
Match #10 Aline FockenGER Bye
Match #11 Signe Marie StoreNOR Bye
Match #12 Jenny FranssonSWE Bye
Match #13 Hannah RuebenNGR Bye
Match #14 Dori YeatsCAN Bye
Match #15 Buse TosunTUR Agnieszka Wieszczek-KordusPOL Fall (2:46)
Match #16 Sara DoshoJPN Alina StadnikUKR Decision (11 - 2)

Round Two (17 August 2016)

Winner of each match advanced to quarter-finals. Losers to eventual finalists advanced to repêchage round one.

Match #1 Nataliya VorobyovaRUS Elmira SyzdykovaKAZ Decision (4 - 1)
Match #2 Ochirbatyn NasanburmaaMGL Chen Wen-LingTPE Fall (1:18)
Match #3 Enas MostafaEGY María José AcostaVEN Decision (8 - 2)
Match #4 Gilda OliveiraBRA Ilana KratyshISR Decision (6 - 2)
Match #5 Aline FockenGER Zhou FengCHN Decision (11 - 3)
Match #6 Jenny FranssonSWE Signe Marie StoreNOR Decision by shutout (9 - 0)
Match #7 Dori YeatsCAN Hannah RuebenNGR Technical Superiority (11 - 1)
Match #8 Sara DoshoJPN Buse TosunTUR Great Superiority (12 - 0)

Quarter-Finals (17 August 2016)

Winner of each match advanced to semi-finals. Losers to eventual finalists advanced to repêchage round two.

Match #1 Nataliya VorobyovaRUS Ochirbatyn NasanburmaaMGL Fall (6:00)
Match #2 Enas MostafaEGY Gilda OliveiraBRA Fall (5:41)
Match #3 Jenny FranssonSWE Aline FockenGER Decision (9 - 1)
Match #4 Sara DoshoJPN Dori YeatsCAN Decision (7 - 2)

Semi-Finals (17 August 2016)

Winner of each match advanced to final. Losers advanced to repêchage final.

Match #1 Nataliya VorobyovaRUS Enas MostafaEGY Fall (1:19)
Match #2 Sara DoshoJPN Jenny FranssonSWE Decision (7 - 2)

Repêchage Round One (17 August 2016)

Winner of each match advanced to repêchage round two.

Match #1 Elmira SyzdykovaKAZ Bye
Match #2 Buse TosunTUR Alina StadnikUKR Decision (7 - 4)

Repêchage Round Two (17 August 2016)

Winner of each match advanced to repêchage final.

Match #1 Elmira SyzdykovaKAZ Ochirbatyn NasanburmaaMGL Decision (3 - 2)
Match #2 Dori YeatsCAN Buse TosunTUR Decision (3 - 2)

Repêchage Final (17 August 2016)

Match #1 Elmira SyzdykovaKAZ Enas MostafaEGY Decision (7 - 4)
Match #2 Jenny FranssonSWE Dori YeatsCAN Decision (2 - 1)

Final Round (17 August 2016)

Match 1/2 Sara DoshoJPN Nataliya VorobyovaRUS Decision (2 - 2)