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Taylor takes bronze to close out U23 Worlds

November 01, 2019

BUDAPEST, Hungary – Hannah Taylor pinned her way to victory in the 57 kg bronze medal match at the U23 World Championships.

Taylor, of Cornwall, P.E.I., defeated Kazakhstan’s Nuraida Anarkulova to close out the tournament for Canada.

“This was my sixth world championships and I had failed to make the podium until today,” said the 21-year-old. “This medal gives me confidence that I can be competitive at this weight-class and this age level.”

The Brock wrestler was leading 5-2 when she secured the victory by fall.

“Going in I was really excited to wrestle. Things came together, I stayed low in my stance and tried to take advantage of any opportunity I could to score.”

Yesterday, Taylor defeated Eda Tekin of Turkey 4-0 in the qualifying round, and India’s Pinki 2-1 in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, she lost to eventual champion Sae Nanjo of Japan 14-4.

It was Canada’s third bronze medal at this year’s championships, after Jade Dufour and Tianna Kennett captured bronze at 50 kg and 59 kg.

The three medals are the most Canada has won in the three years that the U23 World Championships have taken place. In 2017, Braxton Papadopoulos and Gracelynn Doogan took home silver medals, and in 2018 Alexandria Town won gold.

Complete results from the event are available here.