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Sports Canadian Linda Morais rallies to win gold at world wrestling championships

19:46  19 september  2019
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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan — An early deficit nearly proved costly for Canadian wrestler Linda Morais at the world championships on Thursday. Some words of encouragement from her corner helped her reset on the way to winning a gold medal.

Russia's Liubov Ovcharova had jumped out to a 6-1 advantage when Morais' coach, David Zilberman, shouted out that it was OK and there was plenty of time left.

"That really calmed me down," Morais said. "I took a breath. There was six minutes in the match. I still had a lot of time. So I was staying focused on that. Just one point at a time."

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2016 Canadian Senior Championships 58 kg Gold Medal Match Between Linda Morais (Montreal Wrestling Club) and Krystin Paquette (Bears Wrestling Club).

Defending champion Adeline GRAY (USA) remained on track for a fifth world gold overall by But Maee twisted under and pressing backwards, forced the Canadian over at the edge with :01 on the To win then was like reaching a goal, an end point. The World Championships is a huge event and

The two-time world university champion from Tecumseh, Ont., picked the right moment to be aggressive, fighting back to get the pin and the 59-kilogram title.

"She went in for an attack and I felt that she was off balance," Morais said. "So I thought this was my chance to just go for it. I kind of threw her to her back and held her there."

Morais, 26, became Canada's 12th women's wrestling world champion. She won world bronze three years ago at 60 kilograms.

"It's given me confidence for sure leading up to (Tokyo in) 2020," she said. "You never really know if you're at this level until you reach it. I'm just going to feed off this win and go into those Olympic trials and have more confidence in myself and my abilities."

A top-six finish at the world championships qualifies a quota spot for Canada in that weight class in the Olympics. An athlete who finishes in the top six gets a bye to the finals at the trials in December.

Morais credits her mental training for her success.

"I'm still working on it, but I find that that's the biggest challenge at this level," she said. "It's not so much the physical. We're all here, we all have great technique, all of my opponents are extremely strong and difficult.

"At the end of the day, it's really the mental (side) and who can stay focused on what needs to be done."

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 19, 2019.

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