Unda Claims a Wrestling Bronze at the London Games

London Olympics 2012

“If you don’t succeed, try, try again” must be Maider Unda’s motto at the 2012 Olympic Games

The 35-year-old Spanish freestyle wrestler claimed her first bronze medal in her second Olympic attempt at the London Games.

Maider Unda

Following a disappointing loss to her Olympic nemesis — Bulgaria’s Stanka Zlateva — in the semifinals, Unda beat Vasilisa Marzalyuk of Belarus 3-0 in the bronze medal match in the women’s freestyle wrestling 72kg category on Thursday to claim her place on the medal podium.

Maider Unda

Unda faced a similar situation back at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing — with a different outcome.

She lost to Zlateva in the quarterfinals, but won her repechage match against Canada’s Ohenewa Akuffo to compete for the bronze. But in that instance, Unda lost to Poland’s Agnieszka Wieszczek to leave Beijing without a medal.