(Photo : MATTHIAS SCHRADER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) TOPSHOT – Gold medallist USA’s Athing Mu (L) and bronze medallist USA’s Raevyn Rogers pose on the track after competing in the women’s 800m final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on August 3, 2021.
Team USA continued to trail the People’s Republic of China in the gold medal race after Day 11 of the Tokyo Olympics. The Americans grabbed two golds on Day 11 thanks to Athing Mu and Tamyra Mensah-Stock to boost their haul in the Tokyo Games to 24 golds, 28 silvers, and 21 bronze medals.
However, the Chinese tightened their grip on the overall title, as they now have 32 golds, 21 silvers, and 16 bronze medals in their collection. Japan remained in third place after winning two golds on Day 11, with the host nation now having a total medal haul of 19 golds, 6 silvers, and 11 bronzes.
Athing Mu makes history with blistering run in women’s 800-meter race
Athing Mu made history for Team USA on Tuesday night when she captured the gold medal in the women’s 800-meter race. Mu won in spectacular fashion, finishing with a time of 1:55.21, which is the new American record and the fifth-fastest in Olympic history.
She defeated Great Britain’s Keely Hodgkinson, who settled for the silver medal with a British record time of 1:55.88. Another American joined Mu at the podium, with Raevyn Rogers taking home the bronze medal with a time of 1:56.81.
Mu’s victory was never in doubt as she led wire-to-wire in the race, becoming just the second American woman to win this event, following in the footsteps of the great Madeline Manning, who grabbed the gold medal back in 1968 at the Mexico City Games.
Not a bad achievement for the 19-year-old New Jersey native, who is making her Summer Games debut at the Tokyo Olympics. Rogers’ feat was just as astonishing as Mu’s as she had to battle back from seventh place with 75 meters to go to salvage the bronze medal.
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Tamyra Mensah-Stock captures gold for Team USA in women’s wrestling freestyle
Team USA’s other gold medal on Day 11 came in the sport of wrestling, with Tamyra Mensah-Stock capturing the title in the women’s 68-kilogram freestyle category. Mensah-Stock entered her bout with Nigeria’s Blessing Oborududu as the overwhelming favorite, with the American being the top seed and the reigning world champion in this event.
Mensah-Stock had to dig deep, though, in this gold medal match against Oborududu as she appeared to suffer an injury in the first minute of the bout. She continued to push forward with her attacks, though, and even got a two-point takedown after a struggle with Oborududu, who did earn a point herself by reversing the position.
Mensah-Stock consolidated her advantage when she earned another two points after nearly exposing Oborududu’s shoulders in a powerful move. Mensah-Stock then decided to initiate a more defensive game plan in the second round, with the gold medal win already within reach.
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