Epp Mäe reaches the final of the World Championships in Oslo | Sports
Mäe qualified directly for the Round of 16 and beat Shustova comfortably 12: 0 and advanced to the quarter-finals. The Estonian was also clearly dominant in her quarter-final game, beating the Mongolian 12: 1.
To reach the final, Mäe beat Kyrgyz wrestler Aiperi Medet Kyzy. Mäe was 1: 3 behind in the semi-final match, but managed to equalize seconds before the end of the match to advance to the final as the last person to score in the match.
The final takes place on Wednesday evening and Mäe will face Tokyo Olympics silver medalist Adeline Maria Gray of the United States, who beat Egyptian wrestler Samar Amer Ibrahim Hamza 11-1 in the semifinals.
Mäe, 29, has won two world bronze medals during her career – one in 2015 and the other in 2019. This year, the Estonian was crowned European champion in Warsaw.
Mäe’s trainer: she lived with the experience
“Epp was confident in her fight and dominated her first two opponents,” said Ahto Raska, Mäe’s coach. “It’s definitely a question of experience. She won thanks to her experience and skewed those matches for herself. She’s a strong fighter and there’s no giving up with her. She knows what it is. ‘she does.”
Raska said wrestling is a sport where anything can happen. “Her [semifinal] opponent began to maintain his lead and it ended up costing him dearly. The experience is so great because Epp has lost before and learned from it, ”added the coach.
He said Mäe’s last opponent was someone he had fought against on several occasions. “Epp’s style has changed somewhat, they last wrestled many years ago. Epp changed his style and tactics and got stronger physically. [Adeline Maria] Gray has some pressure, she’s a five-time world champion and wants to make six. It would be a first in US history, ”said Raska.
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