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Lázaro Rivas

Full name: Lázaro Rivas Scull
Gender: Male
Height: 5-1 (155 cm)
Weight: 121 lbs (55 kg)
Born: April 4, 1975 in Havana, Ciudad de La Habana, Cuba
Died: December 23, 2013 in San José de las Lajas, Mayabeque, Cuba
Affiliations: National Team, Habana
Country: CUB Cuba
Sport: Wrestling

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Lázaro Rivas took up wrestling in 1984 and was selected to the Cuban national team in 1995. Wrestling Greco-Roman, Rivas was considered as one of the world’s best bantamweight wrestlers at the turn of 21st century. Starting as a flyweight, Rivas made his international début at the 1996 Olympics, where he finished fifth. Later that year, he won a World Cup bronze. In 1997, Rivas moved up to bantamweight and won silver at the 2000 Olympics, won gold at the 1999 World Championships, and bronze at the 2001 World Championships. He was a gold medalist at the 1999 Pan-American Games and the 1997, 1998 and 2000 Pan-American Championships. In 2002 Rivas again moved up in class, to featherweight, and won bronze at the 2003 World Championships, silver at the 2005 World Cup and won at the 2003 Pan-American Games, the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games and the 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006 Pan-American Championships.

After finishing his sporting career, Rivas worked as a physical education teacher in his hometown of San Nicolás de Bari. On 22 December 2013, Rivas attended a concert performed by local band El Yonqui and after the concert had finished around midnight he was stabbed 11 times in his back and neck. Rivas was rushed to the provincial hospital located 30 km away in San José de las Lajas, but died there a few hours later due to blood loss and a massive heart attack.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1996 Summer 21 Atlanta Wrestling Men's Flyweight, Greco-Roman Cuba CUB 5
2000 Summer 25 Sydney Wrestling Men's Bantamweight, Greco-Roman Cuba CUB 2 Silver
2004 Summer 29 Athina Wrestling Men's Featherweight, Greco-Roman Cuba CUB 5

Men's Flyweight, Greco-Roman

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result TP
1996 Summer 21 Atlanta Wrestling Cuba CUB Final Standings 5 1996-07-19
1996 Summer 21 Atlanta Wrestling Cuba CUB Final Round Match 5/6 1 1996-07-20 Rivas (CUB) decision (5-0) (5:00), Anev (BUL) 5
1996 Summer 21 Atlanta Wrestling Cuba CUB Semi-Finals Match #1 2 1996-07-20 Nazaryan (ARM) decision (7-1) (5:00), Rivas (CUB) 1
1996 Summer 21 Atlanta Wrestling Cuba CUB Quarter-Finals Match #2 AC 1996-07-20 Rivas (CUB)
1996 Summer 21 Atlanta Wrestling Cuba CUB Classification Round Six Match #1 2 1996-07-20 Danielyan (RUS) decision (9-8) (5:00), Rivas (CUB) 8
1996 Summer 21 Atlanta Wrestling Cuba CUB Round Two Match #3 1 1996-07-19 Rivas (CUB) decision (5-0) (5:00), El-Farej (SYR) 5
1996 Summer 21 Atlanta Wrestling Cuba CUB Round One Match #5 1 1996-07-19 Rivas (CUB) decision (5-0) (5:00), Rønningen (NOR) 5

Men's Bantamweight, Greco-Roman

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MR W L CP TP
2000 Summer 25 Sydney Wrestling Cuba CUB Final Standings 2 2000-09-24
2000 Summer 25 Sydney Wrestling Cuba CUB Final Round Match 1/2 2 2000-09-26 Sim (KOR) decision (8-0) (6:00), Rivas (CUB) 0
2000 Summer 25 Sydney Wrestling Cuba CUB Semi-finals Match #2 1 2000-09-25 Rivas (CUB) grand superiority (11-0) (2:26), Kalashnykov (UKR) 11
2000 Summer 25 Sydney Wrestling Cuba CUB Quarter-finals Match #4 AC 2000-09-25 Rivas (CUB)
2000 Summer 25 Sydney Wrestling Cuba CUB Round One Pool Six 1 2000-09-24 3 0 11 31
2000 Summer 25 Sydney Wrestling Cuba CUB Round One Pool Six Match #1 1 2000-09-24 Rivas (CUB) decision (6-1) (6:00), Eyvazov (AZE) 6
2000 Summer 25 Sydney Wrestling Cuba CUB Round One Pool Six Match #2 1 2000-09-24 Rivas (CUB) grand superiority (10-0) (1:32), Yıldız (TUR) 10
2000 Summer 25 Sydney Wrestling Cuba CUB Round One Pool Six Match #3 1 2000-09-24 Rivas (CUB) grand superiority (15-0) (4:07), Pellew (NZL) 15

Men's Featherweight, Greco-Roman

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MR CP W L TP
2004 Summer 29 Athina Wrestling Cuba CUB Final Standings 5 2004-08-24
2004 Summer 29 Athina Wrestling Cuba CUB Final Round Match 5/6 1 2004-08-25 Rivas (CUB) grand superiority (11-0) (1:32), Ch'och'ua (GEO) 11 4
2004 Summer 29 Athina Wrestling Cuba CUB Quarter-Finals Match #3 2 2004-08-24 Majoros (HUN) decision (6-1) (6:00), Rivas (CUB) 1 1
2004 Summer 29 Athina Wrestling Cuba CUB Pool B 1 2004-08-24 7 2 0 17
2004 Summer 29 Athina Wrestling Cuba CUB Pool B Match #1 1 2004-08-24 Rivas (CUB) decision (6-4) (6:00), Rangraz (IRI) 6 3
2004 Summer 29 Athina Wrestling Cuba CUB Pool B Match #2 1 2004-08-24 Rivas (CUB) grand superiority (11-0) (1:55), Benchenaf (ALG) 11 4
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