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American Miller wins bronze in women's wrestling

Beijing, China (Sports Network) - U.S. wrestler Randi Miller won a bronze medal in the women's 63 kg freestyle class on Sunday, her country's second wrestling medal of the Beijing Olympics.

Miller shared the bronze with Yelena Shalygina of Kazakhstan, while Kaori Ichoa of Japan defeated Russia's Alena Kartashova to successfully defend the title she also won at the 2004 Athens Games.

Competing in her first Olympics, the 24-year-old Miller said a boost of energy in the third period of the bronze medal match against Shalygina was just her simply wanting to win.

"I'm not entirely happy," said Miller, "but I did not want another loss. I let a couple of points go by being lazy. But it worked out for me."

Adam Wheeler won the Americans' first wrestling medal in the men's 96 kg Greco-Roman class, also a bronze.

In another women's wrestling final on Sunday, 2007 junior world champion Wang Jiao of China defeated Stanka Zlateva of Bulgaria to win gold in the women's 72 kg weight class.

Five-time world champion Kyoko Hamaguchi of Japan shared the bronze medal with Poland's Agnieszka Wieszczek.

08/17 06:24:30 ET

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