USA Wrestling

Aug 08 Olympic bronze medalist Clarissa Chun named TheMat com Wrestler of the Week

By Craig Sesker USA Wrestling | Aug. 08, 2012, 3:07 p.m. (ET)
Clarissa Chun (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) has been named Wrestler of the Week.

Each week, 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 knocked off 2004 Olympic gold medalist Irini Merleni of Ukraine 1-0, 3-0 to capture an Olympic bronze medal in women's freestyle wrestling at the ExCel Center on Wednesday night in London.

Chun fired in for a clutch double-leg takedown on Merleni and finished with just three seconds left to take the first period 1-0 at 48 kg/105.5 lbs. Chun, a 2008 World champion, then delivered with a huge three-point arm throw late in the second period to prevail.

Chun placed fifth in the 2008 Olympics.

Chun qualified for the bronze-medal match by launching World bronze medalist Iwona Matkowska of Poland to her back and recording a dramatic second-period fall in the repechage.

Chun opened with a 5-0, 1-0 victory over two-time World bronze medalist Shasha Zhou of China.

Chun ran into 2009 World champion Mariya Stadnik of Azerbaijan in the second round. The powerful Stadnyk took control early to earn a 2-0, 3-0 victory over Chun, a 2008 World champion. Chun received a chance to wrestle back after Stadnyk advanced to the finals.

Note: To nominate a wrestler for Wrestler of the Week, send the athlete's name, accomplishments for the week and career accomplishments to Craig Sesker at