She had wanted to end it with some good old-fashioned give-and-take wrestling. Instead, Carol Huynh got two trips to the magic tiebreaker cylinder.
Both times after scoreless rounds, she reached in and pulled out a round container that secretly held a blue ball. Wearing the blue singlet, it meant she got to choose her opponent’s weak spot and go after it like Butcher Vachon on an unsuspecting Harley Race. She did – she won the bronze medal.
Huynh may have celebrated Olympic gold four years ago by crying at the playing of O Canada, but she was no less thrilled Wednesday to have captured a second medal. She grabbed her head in amazement after winning the bronze and waved happily to her family and friends inside the ExCeL Centre.
The only thing that bothered her was facing an opponent – Senegal’s Isabelle Sambou – who wanted to stay clear of Huynh’s moves and counters. Sambou’s tactics produced four scoreless minutes, hence the two trips to the magic tiebreaker cylinder, which worked to Huynh’s advantage.