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Men's Super-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): ExCeL, Newham, London
Date Started: August 6, 2012
Date Finished: August 6, 2012
Format: Single elimination tournament. Competitors losing to the finalists entered repechage tournament for bronze medals.

Gold: CUB Mijaín López
Silver: EST Heiki Nabi
Bronze: TUR Rıza Kayaalp
SWE Johan Eurén


[Mijaín López] of Cuba was the undisputed favorite in the men’s super-heavyweight Greco-Roman event at the 2012 Summer Olympics; as the defending Olympic champion and four-time World Champion, no one else came close. Since 2005 his only defeats at the World Championships had come from [Khasan Baroyev] of Russia, the 2004 Olympic Champion and the 2008 runner-up, and [Rıza Kayaalp] of Turkey, who was now the reigning World Champion. They were both in London, but were only two among a host of other strong entrants who were seen as unlikely to challenge López for the crown.

López powered through the tournament, which included defeating Kayaalp in the semi-finals. Baroyev, meanwhile, was conquered in his first match and, when the dust of the tournament had settled, [Heiki Nabi] of Estonia stood to challenge López for gold. Nabi had been a heavyweight wrestler throughout his career, winning the 2006 World Championship in the division, but had switched to the super-heavyweight category to compete in his first Olympics. In the end, however, it was López’s experience and raw power that won the day, making the most of his top advantage in the first-round par terre and successfully defending against both a gut-wrench and a challenge to his Olympic title in the second.

In the first bronze medal match, Kayaalp easily defeated [Guram Pherselidze] of Georgia, pushing him out of the ring in two rounds and claiming a podium spot. In the contest for the other bronze medal, Belarus’ [Iosif Chugoshvili] and Sweden’s [Johan Eurén], a bronze medalist from the 2010 European Championships, were evenly matched. The first two rounds went to par terre, where each wrestler was successful in their defense, which left the final podium spot up to a final, decisive two minutes. With neither competitor able to score in the first 90 seconds, and with points and cautions tied, a ball was drawn to determine who would choose the positions in the final par terre. Chugoshvili won and picked the top position, but was unable to convert this advantage into any points, giving Eurén the bronze.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Mijaín López 29 Cuba CUB Gold
2 Heiki Nabi 27 Estonia EST Silver
3T Johan Eurén 27 Sweden SWE Bronze
3T Rıza Kayaalp 22 Turkey TUR Bronze
5T Iosif Chugoshvili 25 Belarus BLR
5T Guram Pherselidze 26 Georgia GEO
7 Bashir Babajanzadeh 22 Iran IRI
8 Yury Patrikeyev 32 Armenia ARM
9 Łukasz Banak 28 Poland POL
10 Dremiel Byers 37 United States USA
11 Mihály Deák-Bárdos 37 Hungary HUN
12 Abdelrahman El-Trabily 22 Egypt EGY
13 Liu Deli 32 China CHN
14 Khasan Baroyev 29 Russia RUS
15T Ali Nadhim 30 Iraq IRQ
15T Radhouane Chebbi 26 Tunisia TUN
15T Muminzhon Abdullayev 22 Uzbekistan UZB
18T Andrés Ayub 30 Chile CHI
18T Nurmakhan Tynaliyev 24 Kazakhstan KAZ
18T Yevhen Orlov 23 Ukraine UKR