Carol Huynh (pronounced win) of New Hazelton, British Columbia has won Canada’s 14th medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Huynh, who currently lives in Calgary, defeated Isabelle Sambou of Senegal 1-0, 1-0 in each round by a sudden death clinch in the women’s 48 kilogram freestyle wrestling bronze medal match.
After each round went to a scoreless draw in regulation, Huynh got lucky each time and had her blue ball selected to have the opportunity to be in a favourable wrestling hold position. With Sambou’s leg having to be forward, it gave Huynh the opportunity to grab Sambou’s lower limb and score the necessary point each time.
Huynh was known as the more offensive player and Sambou was known for his patience on defense. Sambou was able to execute her game plan on patience effectively, but couldn’t be defensive enough when it mattered most.
As for Montreal’s Martine Dugrenier, she finished in fifth place in the women’s 67kg freestyle wrestling division after losing to Battsetseg Soronzonbold of Mongolia for the bronze medal.
Team Canada now has one gold medal, four silver medals and nine bronze medals.