Tamyra Mensah-Stock wins gold in an Olympic wrestling event

Tamyra Mensah-Stock has become the first American Black woman to win gold in an Olympic wrestling event.

Freestyle wrestler Tamyra Mensah Stock stood wrapped in the U.S. flag, alternating between sobs of joy and bouncing up and down with excitement.

The newest Olympic champion in the 68 kg. class had just accomplished what she said she knew she could from the moment she started in the sport.

The 28-year-old from Katy, Texas, won the gold medal. 

“I knew I could do it,” she said. “I knew it would be hard. I prayed I could do it. In my wildest dreams I knew.”

The reigning world champion rolled through the Olympic tournament, finishing with a 4-1 victory over Nigeria’s Blessing Oborududu in the gold-medal match in Tokyo on Tuesday night. Immediately after, she raised her hands above her head in a heart shape, as she’s done throughout, and the emotion swept over her face. She broke down in tears as she hugged her coaches and clutched the flag for a victory lap.