Kiwi wrestler Tayla Ford gained her second medal on the Commonwealth Video games after taking the bronze in Birmingham on Saturday (NZT).
A Cantabrian who hails from Nelson Amelie Sephora of Mauritius threw her to the bottom nearly instantly, straightened, then pinned her opponent.
It was over in 40 seconds as Ford added a second Commonwealth medal to its assortment, having additionally gained a bronze in Glasgow eight years earlier.
It’s also New Zealand’s first wrestling medal on the 2022 Video games.
Ford stated she set free an enormous sigh on the finish, as she quietly held Sephora till the referee referred to as her.
She instructed Sky Sports activities: “My self-confidence helped me. I knew I used to be going to win. I needed to win. I believe that helped me quite a bit.”
“I went there 110%. I needed to be aggressive and targeted and to breathe and keep calm.”
The 29-year-old, who has represented New Zealand in lots of sports activities, had beforehand defeated Englishman Sarah Klossick within the quarter-finals earlier than shedding to Canada’s Linda Moraes within the semi-finals.
“I am nonetheless studying. Even from immediately, I’ve quite a bit to choose up on, however in that individual session, I believe my expertise performed an enormous half,” Ford stated.
In the meantime, compatriot Kiwi Matthew Oxenham misplaced his bronze medal match in opposition to Canada’s Alexander Moore within the males’s 86 kg freestyle.
Moore shortly dropped Oxenham and grabbed him by the legs, turning him repeatedly to say the win.
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