Jessica MacDonald, who wrestles for Brock University in St. Catharines, won the bronze medal in the freestyle women’s 51 kg weight class at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, on Wednesday (Sept. 18), winning her third consecutive medal at this prestigious event.
MacDonald, a native of Windsor, ON and the reigning world champion in the 51 kg weight class, started her tournament with a bang by winning her first three matches to qualify for the semifinals. She won her matches without giving up a single point.
In that match, facing Yanan Sun of China, the eventual world champion, MacDonald lost her match, moving on to the bronze medal match.
Facing Ukraine’s Yuliya Blanhinya, MacDonald showed poise and confidence, taking the victory and the bronze medal by defeating her opponent 8-6. MacDonald had a slow start to this match, trailing 0-4 at half-time. In the second of two periods, MacDonald came back from a 6-2 deficit and scored six unanswered points, including two in the last second of the match, to take the bronze medal.
“Today was not my best day of wrestling and even though it was a hard day, I persevered and am happy with the bronze medal,” said MacDonald, who wrestles for the Brock Wrestling Club in St-Catharines and is coached by Marty Calder, who noted “that Jessica showed guts and determination in her performance”.
This bronze medal is MacDonald’s third straight medal at the FILA World Championships, after winning the gold medal in 2012 and the bronze medal in 2011.
MacDonald is enjoying a fruitful season, having won medals at every event in which she participated, taking gold notably at the World Cup, Pan-American Championships, Grand Prix of Spain and at the Battle At the Falls.
MacDonald is only one of three Canadian women wrestlers who won a world title, along with Martine DuGrenier and Christine Nordhagen-Vierling. In the rich history of the sport at these Senior World Championships, Canada has won 10 World Titles (MacDonald 1, DuGrenier 3, Nordhagen-Vierling 6). Canadian women have won 37 medals (10 Gold, 11 Silver, 16 Bronze).