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Canada claim first gold of Games

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Video - Huynh wins 48g wrestling gold

Carol Huynh ended Canada's medal drought with victory in the women's wrestling 48kg category in Beijing.

Huynh beat Japan's world champion Chiharu Icho by taking the two periods with a 6-1 points advantage.

The bronze medals went to Athens champion Irini Merleni of Ukraine and Maryiya Stadnik of Azerbaijian.

Canada's failure to win a medal of any colour in the first week of the Games provoked widespread criticism in the Canadian media.

"We're getting beaten by Togo," said an editorial in the National Post, a Canadian daily newspaper.

"A country as young, prosperous, healthy and intelligent as Canada should be doing better," the paper added.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has even had to field questions about the national Olympic team's underperformance, pledging to remain "optimistic" as the Games enters its second week.

Calgary-based Huynh's gold medal is an unexpected bonus for a nation whose pundits had expected her to claim a bronze medal at best.

Hyunh's parents fled Communist Vietnam in the 1970s, and the gold medallist paid tribute to her mother and father following her win.

It's very special to them to be here and see such an accomplishment and to see me reach my dream. And right in front of their eyes," said Huynh.

"I was the first in the family to be born in Canada. My parents are both very hard-working."

Canada's Tonya Vebeek later won bronze in the 55kg category to give the country two medals from women's wrestling.


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Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze TOTAL
1 also show each event results forRussia 6 3 2 11
Men's Freestyle 120 kg 0 1 0
Men's Freestyle 55 kg 0 0 1
Men's Freestyle 60 kg 1 0 0
Men's Freestyle 74 kg 1 0 0
Men's Freestyle 84 kg 0 0 1
Men's Freestyle 96 kg 1 0 0
Men's Greco-Roman 120 kg 0 1 0
Men's Greco-Roman 55 kg 1 0 0
Men's Greco-Roman 60 kg 1 0 0
Men's Greco-Roman 96 kg 1 0 0
Women's Freestyle 63 kg 0 1 0
2 also show each event results forJapan 2 2 2 6
Men's Freestyle 55 kg 0 1 0
Men's Freestyle 60 kg 0 0 1
Women's Freestyle 0 0 1
Women's Freestyle 48 kg 0 1 0
Women's Freestyle 55 kg 1 0 0
Women's Freestyle 63 kg 1 0 0
3 also show each event results forGeorgia 2 0 2 4
Men's Freestyle 66 kg 0 0 1
Men's Freestyle 84 kg 1 0 0
Men's Freestyle 96 kg 0 0 1
Men's Greco-Roman 74 kg 1 0 0
4 also show each event results forChina 1 2 0 3
Men's Greco-Roman 74 kg 0 1 0
Women's Freestyle 1 0 0
Women's Freestyle 55 kg 0 1 0
5 also show each event results forUzbekistan 1 1 0 2
Men's Freestyle 120 kg 1 0 0
Men's Freestyle 74 kg 0 1 0
6 also show each event results forUSA 1 0 2 3
Men's Freestyle 55 kg 1 0 0
Men's Greco-Roman 96 kg 0 0 1
Women's Freestyle 63 kg 0 0 1
7 also show each event results forCanada 1 0 1 2
Women's Freestyle 48 kg 1 0 0
Women's Freestyle 55 kg 0 0 1
8 also show each event results forFrance 1 0 1 2
Men's Greco-Roman 66 kg 1 0 0
Men's Greco-Roman 74 kg 0 0 1
9 also show each event results forTurkey 1 0 1 2
Men's Freestyle 66 kg 1 0 0
Men's Greco-Roman 84 kg 0 0 1
10 also show each event results forCuba 1 0 0 1
Men's Greco-Roman 120 kg 1 0 0
11 also show each event results forItaly 1 0 0 1
Men's Greco-Roman 84 kg 1 0 0
12 also show each event results forUkraine 0 2 3 5
Men's Freestyle 60 kg 0 1 0
Men's Freestyle 66 kg 0 1 0
Men's Freestyle 84 kg 0 0 1
Men's Greco-Roman 66 kg 0 0 1
Women's Freestyle 48 kg 0 0 1
13 also show each event results forAzerbaijan 0 2 2 4
Men's Freestyle 96 kg 0 0 1
Men's Greco-Roman 55 kg 0 1 0
Men's Greco-Roman 60 kg 0 1 0
Women's Freestyle 48 kg 0 0 1
14 also show each event results forKazakhstan 0 1 4 5
Men's Freestyle 120 kg 0 0 1
Men's Freestyle 96 kg 0 1 0
Men's Greco-Roman 60 kg 0 0 1
Men's Greco-Roman 96 kg 0 0 1
Women's Freestyle 63 kg 0 0 1
15 also show each event results forBulgaria 0 1 3 4
Men's Freestyle 55 kg 0 0 1
Men's Freestyle 74 kg 0 0 1
Men's Greco-Roman 74 kg 0 0 1
Women's Freestyle 0 1 0
16 also show each event results forKyrgyzstan 0 1 1 2
Men's Greco-Roman 60 kg 0 0 1
Men's Greco-Roman 66 kg 0 1 0
17 also show each event results forGermany 0 1 0 1
Men's Greco-Roman 96 kg 0 1 0
18 also show each event results forHungary 0 1 0 1
Men's Greco-Roman 84 kg 0 1 0
19 also show each event results forTajikistan 0 1 0 1
Men's Freestyle 84 kg 0 1 0
20 also show each event results forArmenia 0 0 2 2
Men's Greco-Roman 120 kg 0 0 1
Men's Greco-Roman 55 kg 0 0 1
21 also show each event results forBelarus 0 0 2 2
Men's Freestyle 74 kg 0 0 1
Men's Greco-Roman 66 kg 0 0 1
22 also show each event results forColombia 0 0 1 1
Women's Freestyle 55 kg 0 0 1
23 also show each event results forIndia 0 0 1 1
Men's Freestyle 66 kg 0 0 1
24 also show each event results forIran 0 0 1 1
Men's Freestyle 60 kg 0 0 1
25 also show each event results forLithuania 0 0 1 1
Men's Greco-Roman 120 kg 0 0 1
26 also show each event results forPoland 0 0 1 1
Women's Freestyle 0 0 1
27 also show each event results forSlovakia 0 0 1 1
Men's Freestyle 120 kg 0 0 1
28 also show each event results forSouth Korea 0 0 1 1
Men's Greco-Roman 55 kg 0 0 1

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12 Aug 08 |  Wrestling
Mankiev wins wrestling gold medal
12 Aug 08 |  Wrestling
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