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Go Girl! Maryia Mamashuk Wins Wrestling Silver In Rio

Belarusian Maryia Mamashuk won silver in Olympic freestyle 63 kilogram wrestling on Thursday. She brought Belarus 6th medal of the Olympiad.

2016 Rio Olympics - Wrestling - Final - Women's Freestyle 63 kg Gold Medal - Carioca Arena 2 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 18/08/2016. Maria Mamashuk (BLR) of Belarus and Risako Kawai (JPN) of Japan compete. REUTERS/Toru Hanai FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. - RTX2LWJ5

The 21-year-old Japanese wrestler Risako Kawai beat the Belarusian 6-0 to gave Japan a fourth wrestling gold at Rio 2016. The bronze went to Poland’s Monika Michalik and Kazakhstan’s Yekaterina Larionova.

Mamashuk, who has made her Olympic debut, started her Rio campaign with winning over Kazakhstan’s Yekaterina Larionova 8-2. She then defeated Sweden’s Katarina Henna Johansson 7-2 and American Yelena Pirozhkova 3-2.

2016 Rio Olympics - Wrestling - Victory Ceremony - Women's Freestyle 63 kg Victory Ceremony - Carioca Arena 2 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 18/08/2016. (L-R) Maria Mamashuk (BLR) of Belarus, Risako Kawai (JPN) of Japan, Yekaterina Larionova (KAZ) of Kazakhstan and Monika Michalik (POL) of Poland pose with their medals. REUTERS/Toru Hanai FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. - RTX2LWM9

“I wanted a gold medal, but today I got the silver and that’s OK with me,” the athlete said. “This is my first Olympic Games and I’m very happy about it and the medal.”

Maria Mamashuk is the winner of 2016 European Wrestling Championships and bronze medalist at the First European Games in 2015.

Another Belarusian wrestler Vasilisa Marzaliuk lost to Chinese Fengliu Zhang in the bronze medal match.

2016 Rio Olympics - Wrestling - Final - Women's Freestyle 75 kg Bronze - Carioca Arena 2 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 18/08/2016. The referee raises the hand of Zhang Fengliu (CHN) of China after her victory against Vasilisa Marzaliuk (BLR) of Belarus. REUTERS/Toru Hanai FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. - RTX2LWO8

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