|Chun named TheMat.com Wrestler of the Week for Oct. 7-13|
By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling
Clarissa Chun (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) has been named TheMat.com Wrestler of the Week for Oct. 7-13
Each week, TheMat.com will select an Athlete of the Week, based upon performance within wrestling for that week. The selection committee will consider any level of wrestling, from youth programs through the Senior level.
Chun won a gold medal at 48 kg/105.5 lbs. at the Women's World Championships, held in Tokyo, Japan, October 12.
She became only the fifth U.S. women's wrestler to win a World gold medal, joining Tricia Saunders (4 times), Kristie Marano (2 times), Sandra Bacher and Iris Smith as Women's World Champions.
Chun pulled out a gritty 1-0, 1-0 gold-medal finals win over Kazakhstan's Jyldyz Eshimova-Turtbayeva to claim the title. She scored a point on the clinch from the defensive position in the first period, then scored a counter takedown in the second period for the win.
Chun won four matches during the day. She opened the tournament with a pair of pins, putting away Kaya Demet of Turkey and Pei-Ching Tsai of Taipei in her first two bouts.
In the semifinals, she scored a come-from-behind 0-1, 3-0, 1-1 win over Makiko Sakamoto of Japan. Chun scored a takedown with 11 seconds left in the match to win the deciding third period.
Chun led the U.S. to a fourth place finish in the World Championships. Also winning a bronze medal for the USA was 17-year-old Tatiana Padilla at 55 kg/121 lbs.
Chun placed fifth at the 2008 Olympic Games. She was competing in her second World Championships, after being a member of the 2000 U.S. World Team. A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Chun competed at Missouri Valley College before becoming a U.S. Olympic Training Center resident athlete.
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