Tamyra Mensah-StockTokyo’s historic moment at the 2020 Olympics has not been lost on her or the wrestling community.
On Tuesday August 3, the 28-year-old American athlete became the first black woman in Olympic wrestling history to win gold by beating Nigeria Oborududu blessing in the 68-kilogram women’s freestyle final, NBC News reported. She also became only the second American woman to achieve the feat, after Helene Maroulisgold medal at the Rio 2016 Games.
“These young women are going to see each other in many ways and they’re going to look up there and go, I can do that,” Tamyra told reporters after her event, according to the Associated Press. “I can see myself.”
The Houston native also told reporters about the victory: “It’s amazing. I love representing the United States, I love living there, and I am so happy to be able to represent the United States! “
Among those who sent support after her big win was the UFC president Dana White, who tweeted, “Congratulations Tamyra Stock for being the first black woman to win a gold medal in wrestling. I love your energy, I love your positivity and we couldn’t have a better representative of our country.”