Rousey Looks to Make History Tonight in Quest for Olympic Bronze
Aug. 13, 2008, 4:08 p.m. (ET)(Beijing, China) - Twenty-one-year-old Ronda Rousey (Wakefield, Mass. / Santa Monica, Calif.) will seek to become the first U.S. woman to win a medal at the Olympic Games since judo became an Olympic sport in 1992 tonight at 6 p.m. at Beijing University of Science and Technology Gymnasium.
After blasting through her first two opponents - Nasiba Surkieva (TKM) and Katarzyna Pilocik (POL) - in just over three minutes between the two matches, Rousey lost more than three minutes into overtime when 2005 World Champion Edith Bosch (NED) threw her for ippon (instant win).
In the repechage, Rousey won threw Rachida Ouerdane (ALG) and then pinned her for ippon to advance to the evening session.
Rousey will face 20-year-old world medalist Anett Mészáros (HUN) in the repechage final tonight. Should Rousey win the repechage final, she will fight for bronze later that hour against either Anaysi Hernandez (CUB) or Annett Boehm (GER).
Fans and reporters in the United States can watch tonight's matches live on www.nbcolympics.com.