Canadian wrestler Leah Callahan lost to Burmaa Ochirbat of Mongolia in today's Olympic match. –AP photo
Newfoundland-born wrestler Leah Callahan made her first Olympic appearance today, losing to Burmaa Ochirbat of Mongolia.
Callahan lost with a score of 0-3 in the freestyle 1/8 finals match in the 72 kg category.
The St. John’s-born freestyle wrestler was considered a dark horse medal contender going into the games.
The loss means Callahan is out of the tournament. Had Ochirbat made it to the gold medal round, Callahan would have competed for a bronze medal.
Now living in Calgary, Callahan left Newfoundland at the age of three when her parents moved to Western Canada.
The Canadian Olympic women’s soccer team has won a bronze medal, after defeating France.
The bronze medal also has a Newfoundland connection.
Lauren Sesselmann’s father was born in Stephenville, allowing the Wisconsin woman to get dual citizenship before being selected for the Canadian women’s soccer team.