Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Carioca Arena 2, Barra Olympic Park, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 20, 2016
Date Finished: August 20, 2016
Format: Single elimination tournament. Competitors losing to the finalists entered repechage tournament for bronze medals.
|Bronze:|| ÅÉrif ÅÉrifov
[Abdul-Rashid Sadulayev] of Russia was the heavy gold medal favorite entering the Rio Olympic Games, after winning the last two consecutive World Championships (2014, 2015) where he surrendered a total of four points in those tournaments; and had an impressive win-loss career record of 58-1 over the last four years. Posed to challenge Sadulayev was defending Olympic champion and 2011 World champion Azerbaijanâs [ÅÉrif ÅÉrifov], and two-time World medalist [Selim Yasar] of Turkey, [Reineris Salas] of Cuba, and international newcomer, [J'den Cox] of the United States, the two-time NCAA champion.
En-route to the final bout in the 86 kg class, Sadulayev had not given up one single point in the Olympic tournament, outscoring three early opponents 28-0. In his semi-final bout against ÅÉrifov, Sadulayev, known as the âRussian Tankâ, gave up one single point, beating ÅÉrifov 8-1 (the only point won against him the entire Olympic tournament).
Considered to be the best pound-for-pound wrestler alive, Sadulayev, who entered the Olympic Games undefeated since 2013, met YaÅar in the gold medal match - a repeat of the 2015 World Championship final in Las Vegas, won by Sadulayev. Yasar had advanced to the final after beating American Cox 3-1.
In the final, Sadulayev scored on a pair of two-point moves late in the first period, ultimately beating Yasar 5-0 for the second year in a row in a major tournament, and his capturing his third straight global title.
Bronze medals went to ÅÉrifov and Cox (who scored a take-down with six seconds left to give the United States its first freestyle medal of the Rio Games.)
|Rank||Athlete||Age||Team||NOC||Medal||CP||Victories by Fall||Victories by Technical Superiority||TP||Technical Points Received|
|3T||J'den Cox||21||United States||USA||Bronze||12||0||0||16||5|
|11||Jaime Espinal||31||Puerto Rico||PUR||2||0||0||6||11|
|16||Kim Gwan-Uk||26||South Korea||KOR||0||0||1||4|