B.Bolortuya claims Mongolia’s 4th medal at Tokyo Olympics

2021-08-07 12:02:17

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/. On August 6, IM B.Bolortuya was matched against Joseph Emilliene Essombe Tiako of Cameroon for the bronze medal in the women’s 53 kg weight class. 


Despite losing two points in the first minute of the match, she successfully executed a leg lace and turned her opponent 4 times, getting 10 points at 4:16. Shortly after, Bolortuya lost another 2 points at 3:59 - however, she was able to finish the match with two decisive moves that won her 4 points, which put her 10 points ahead of the Cameroonian wrestler.


With the bronze medal won by B.Bolortuya, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics has become one of the Olympic Games in which Mongolian athletes had the best performances.

While the national team of athletes won four medals from the Olympic Games that took place in Mexico City in 1968, in Moscow in 1980, and in Beijing in 2008, they were able to grab five medals from the London 2012 Olympics. 


On the same day, wrestlers M.Lkhagvagerel, Ts.Namuuntsetseg, and T.Tulga stepped onto the mat for their respective matches. For the bronze medal in the men’s 125 kg weight class, IM M.Lkhagvagerel was matched up against Taha Akgul of Turkey. He was defeated by the Turkish wrestler with a score of 0:5, finishing in 5th place. 


As for Ts.Namuuntsetseg and T.Tulga, who had their first matches in the women’s 50 kg and the men’s 65 kg weight classes respectively, both faced defeat against their Japanese opponents, Yui Sasaki and Takuto Otoguro. As both of the Japanese wrestlers qualified for the finals, our athletes will be competing in the repechage round this afternoon.


In the men’s 65 kg weight class, T.Tulga will be facing off against Iszmail Muszukajev of Hungary. If he comes out victorious, he will be matched against world champion Gadzhimurad Rashidov, representing the Russian Olympic Committee, for the bronze medal.


As for Ts.Namuuntsetseg, she will first be testing her strength against Lucia Yepez Guzman of Ecuador, who also faced defeat against Yui Sasaki of Japan without being able to score any points.