Va­nier grad puts up a fight in Olym­pic fi­nals

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OLYMPICS. Va­nier Col­lege gra­duate Do­ro­thy Yeats was on the at­tack when she lost the bronze me­dal 2-1 to Swe­den in the 69 kg wo­men’s free­style wrest­ling Wed­nes­day in Rio.

“I feel ti­red but sa­tis­fied,” Yeats told “I would have lo­ved to leave here with a me­dal, es­pe­cial­ly since I was so close, but I gave eve­ry­thing I had and so, I can’t be too up­set.”

This was the first Olym­pic games for the 23-year- old wrest­ler from Mon­treal West, and the third for her op­ponent, 29-year- old Jenny Frans­son. The pair had ne­ver fa­ced off be­fore.

The first point was gi­ven to Frans­son af­ter a 30-se­cond ac­ti­vi­ty pe­riod for Yeats, where she fai­led to score on her op­ponent. The se­cond point to Swe­den was awar­ded when Yeats’ foot mo­ved out of bounds. Yeats sco­red her point to­ward the lat­ter part of the match in a quick grapple.

In the last mi­nute, Yeats still had a chance to win and pi­cked up her at­tack vi­go­rous­ly be­fore the buz­zer rang and Frans­son was na­med the bronze me­dal win­ner.

Yeats lost to gold me­dal win­ner Sa­ra Do­sho of Ja­pan in the quar­ter fi­nals but had the chance to com­pete for bronze af­ter Do­sho mo­ved to the fi­nals.

Yeats has se­ve­ral in­ter­na­tio­nal wins to her name, in­clu­ding gold at the Pan Ame­ri­can Games (2015) and Youth Olym­pic Games (2014).

(Pho­to: Cour­te­sy/COC - Da­vid Jack­son)

Af­ter a va­liant ef­fort, Do­ro­thy “Do­ri” Yeats lost to Swe­den’s Jenny Frans­son in the Olym­pic bronze me­dal match on Wed­nes­day in Rio.

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