She couldn't defend her gold, but Canadian wrestler Carol Huynh still repeated as an Olympic medallist on Wednesday.
Huynh captured a bronze medal in the women’s 48-kilogram division with a victory over Senegal's Isabelle Sambou.
Canada's Martine Dugrenier later had a chance to join Huynh as a bronze medallist, but she dropped her 63-kg match to Mongolia's Battsetseg Soronzonbold.
Huynh's medal came after kayaker Adam van Koeverden captured a silver and canoeist Mark Oldershaw picked up a bronze earlier in the day, raising Canada's medal total at the London Games to 14 (one gold, four silver, nine bronze).
"I feel amazing. I feel happy. I feel relieved," Huynh said. "At the end of that match, I was feeling elated that I'd won another medal for Canada but, at the same time, I wanted to go out with a little more flair. I didn't want it to end in two clinches.
"I'll take it. I want that bronze medal.”
Obara takes title
Huynh, from Hazelton, B.C., lost her chance to repeat as Olympic champion when she was defeated on points by eventual gold medallist Hitomi Obara of Japan in the semifinals.
That loss sent Huynh into one of the two bronze matches in her division, where she met one of the repechage survivors in Sambou.
Obara, the two-time reigning world champion, went on to defeat Azerbaijan's Mariya Stadnyk in the gold-medal match. The other bronze went to American Clarissa Chun after she beat Ukraine's Irini Merleni.
Huynh pinned Thi Lua Nguyen of Vietnam in 34 seconds in her opening match, then defeated Vanesa Kaladinskaya of Belarus on points in the quarter-finals.
Dugrenier loses bronze match again
Dugrenier was outpointed in both rounds of her match against Soronzonbold, losing a bronze-medal bout for the second straight Olympics.
The Laval, Que., native earned the opportunity to wrestle for bronze by winning her repechage match against Sweden’s Henna Johansson.
The bout went to a third and deciding round, and Dugrenier won by way of the mercy rule after scoring five points in rapid succession by taking down Johansson and repeatedly rolling her over to score more points. Dugrenier won the decisive round 6-0.
Dugrenier was eliminated from gold-medal contention earlier when she lost her opening match against two-time gold medallist Kaori Icho of Japan, who went on to win her third consecutive Olympic gold.
The other bronze went to Russia's Lubov Volosova.
Dugrenier got a chance to compete for bronze in the repechage rounds after Icho advanced to the final. The wrestlers who lose to each of the two gold-medal finalists are granted berths in the repechage, along with the losers of the semifinals.
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