U.S. wrestler Tamyra Mensah-Stock made history after being the first black woman to win gold, and second American overall, after a 4-1 defeat in the women’s 68-kilogram freestyle wrestling final in the Olympics.
Mensah-Stock dominated Tuesday’s final at Makuhari Messe Hall outside Tokyo. Her overwhelming emotion poured out into her inspiring post-match interview. “I’m feeling very happy and I keep trying not to cry, but it keeps happening”, she said while wrapped in a U.S. flag. “I just want to go into a dark room and cry, but I’m crying from joy.”
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Mensah-Stock signalled a heart-shaped gesture after her well-deserved win. She then hugged her coaches and held the flag high above her head. “I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh, look at us representing. It’s so freaking awesome. You’re making history, I’m making history. We’re making history. So it meant a lot”, she said.