Olympic champ Maroulis wins second World gold with dominance, Leathers gets bronze at Worlds

BY GARY ABBOTT, USA WRESTLING

Helen Maroulis celebrates with the U.S. flag after winning gold medal at 58 kg at World Championships in Paris. Photo by Tony Rotundo, Wrestlers Are Warriors

PARIS, France – Olympic champion Helen Maroulis (New York, N.Y./Sunkist Kids) added to her legacy among the greats in American wrestling, claiming her third straight World or Olympic gold medal with a victory at 58 kg/128 lbs. at the World Championships at the AccorHotels Arena on Wednesday.

She dominated 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Marwa Amri of Tunisia in the finals, showing spectacular technique on the way to an 11-0 technical fall in the gold-medal finals.

The gold medals were all at different weight classes, with a World gold medal in 2015 at 55 kg/121 lbs., an Olympic gold medal at 53 kg/116.5 lbs. in 2016 at the Rio Games, and now a 2017 World gold medal at 58 kg/128 lbs.

Maroulis had one of the most dominant performances in American history, not allowing a single point in five matches while earning five technical falls with a combined 53-0 score.

“I felt great. I reminded myself that I love this and I was healthy for another year. I had a lot of injuries after taking seven months off before coming back. To be here and to be healthy, it’s amazing. My coaches, Valentin, Charles, Eric and Andy, so many people, my sponsors Sunkist, the NYC RTC, the Barrys, Kim, Art. They are supporting me and Valentin on this journey, it’s amazing. The women’s program with Terry Steiner trusted me to take time off when I needed it and to come back when I was ready. I am really grateful for everyone’s support,” Maroulis said.

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