Teenage wrestler Amit Elor from the United States celebrated her gold medal in the women’s 72kg event at the World Wrestling Championships in Belgrade in a very unique way. She carried her coach on her shoulders for a lap of honor.
On Thursday night in Serbia, 18-year-old Amit became the youngest American wrestler to win gold at the senior world wrestling championships.
Amit showed his strength in the final fight against Zhamila Bakergenova of Kazakhstan by winning 10-0 and that too, in the space of one minute and 13 seconds.
Amit scored via one takedown, then secured a leg lace lock to increase his points tally to 10-0 to end the contest in record time. In the semi-finals, Amit defeated Japan’s Masako Furuichi 3-2.
Last year, Amit won the U17 and U20 world titles. She was one of the favorites for the title in Belgrade.
“There was a lot of nervousness and every time I felt nervous I remembered why I was struggling and I love this sport so much,” Elor told United World Wrestling during post-match interaction. “So go ahead and enjoy it and if you don’t enjoy it, it’s not worth it.”
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In other events, US Olympic champion Tamyra Mensah Stock regained the 68kg title with a win over Japan’s Ami Ishii.
Back-to-back gold medals saw Team USA earn 157 points to finish second behind a strong Japanese team, whose total points were 190. China finished strong to take third place with 84 points.
The Japanese, as expected, won the team title, winning as many as five gold medals.
After winning a world title last year at 55kg, Japan’s Tsugumi Sakurai moved up to 57kg this year. She beat former Olympic champion Helen Maroulis of the United States 3-0 to win gold at 57kg.
In another highlight of the World Wrestling Championships, two-time European champion Anastasia Nichita won the 59kg title to become Moldova’s second women’s world champion. Irina Ringaci was the first.