B.C. athlete congratulated on medal

The B.C. government is heartily congratulating two-time Olympic medallist wrestler Carol Huynh.

The B.C. government is heartily congratulating two-time Olympic medallist wrestler Carol Huynh for winning another medal for Canada at the 2012 London Olympic Summer Games.

Huynh captured a bronze medal Wednesday with a victory in the women’s 48-kilogram freestyle over Senegal’s Isabelle Sambou. It was one of two bronze-medal matches in her weight category. The other saw American Clarissa Kyoko Mei Ling Chun defeat Ukraine’s Irini Merleni. Huynh lost the semifinal match earlier to Hitomi Obara of Japan.

Obara went on to capture the gold by defeating Azerbaijan’s Mariya Stadnyk, who took silver.

Huynh, who was born and raised in Hazelton, now trains in Calgary. She was one of Canada’s big success stories at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Summer Games, winning one of Canada’s three gold medals.

Her bronze-medal win in London came on an exciting three-medal day for Canada. Adam van Koeverden won a silver earlier Wednesday in men’s kayak single 1,000-metres while Mark Oldershaw took bronze in men’s canoe single 1,000-metres. Both men are from Ontario. Huynh’s bronze marks Canada’s 14th medal of the Games and ninth bronze.

Athletes such as Carol Huynh fill all British Columbians with pride,” says Ida Chong, minister of community, sport and cultural development. “She has trained long and hard for today’s victory and has won the second Olympic medal of her career — a challenging feat accomplished by very few. Her success is richly deserved. Congratulations, Carol.”

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