Tamyra Mensah-Stock Becomes First US Black Woman To Win Gold | 22 Words

This Tokyo Olympics is set to be one of the most record-breaking ever, and American freestyle wrestler Tamyra Mensah-Stock has been added to that list.

Not only is her gold medal win only the second time in Olympic history for Team USA's women's wrestling, but her win makes her the first Black woman to win gold since the sport was added in 2004.

Mensah-Stock told AP: "These young women are going to see themselves in a number of ways and they're going to look up there and go, I can do that, I can see myself."

By defeating Nigeria's Blessing Oborududu 4-1 in the women's 68kg freestyle wrestling final on Tuesday, she became the first American Black woman to win Olympic gold in wrestling. In 2016, Helen Maroulis was the first American woman to earn Olympic gold in the sport when she beat Japan's, Saori Yoshida.

Black women have all had moments in the US women's wrestling; Toccara Montgomery won gold at the Pan-Am Games in 2003, Iris Smith won a world title in 2005 and Randi Miller earned bronze at the 2008 Olympics.

"They paved the way for me," Mensah-Stock said

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Though her opponent didn't come away with a gold, Oborududu also made history as the first Nigerian, male or female, to earn a medal at the Olympics.

"After wrestling to get into the final yesterday, I was having a lot of messages, a lot of calls," Oborududu told AP. "I locked down my phone, because I don't want to receive any calls, or anything that was really disturbing me. I switched off my phone so I was not in any kind of pressure. I know that I've created the record for my country."

Mensah-Stock then went on to speak about Oborududu, saying: "Well, you've got to beat the best to know that you're the best. And that's what I keep telling myself. It doesn't matter the draw. You go out there and you beat whoever is in front of you because that's how you tell somebody that you were the best. I'm the bad draw."

Historically, Black women in sports have faced double discrimination due to their gender and their race. Therefore, a number of African-American female athletes have been trailblazers for their respective sports over the years. In the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles, Louise Stokes and Tidye Pickett qualified but were not allowed to participate because of their race. Nevertheless, in 1936 they became the first African-American women to represent their country at the Olympics.

Alice Coachman, a star track and field athlete at Tuskegee Institute, became the first black woman to win Olympic gold, setting records with her high jump at the 1948 Olympics in London. Coachman, who dominated the sport, would have most likely won more medals if the 1940 and 1944 Olympics had not been canceled due to World War II.

Other pioneering Black female athletes include Ora Washington and Althea Gibson, Jackie Robinson, Wilma Rudolph, Lynette Woodard, Cheryl Miller, Debi Thomas, and so many others.