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Wrestling at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Men's Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle

Wrestling at the 2016 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

Events:

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.

Gold: RUS Abdul-Rashid Sadulayev
Silver: TUR Selim Yaşar
Bronze: AZE ÅžÉ™rif Şərifov
USA J'den Cox

Summary

[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 Azerbaijan’s [Şərif Şərifov], 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 Şərifov, Sadulayev, known as the “Russian Tank”, gave up one single point, beating Şərifov 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 Yaşar 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 Şərifov and Cox (who scored a take-down with six seconds left to give the United States its first freestyle medal of the Rio Games.)

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal CP Victories by Fall Victories by Technical Superiority TP Technical Points Received
1 Abdul-Rashid Sadulayev 20 Russia RUS Gold 13 0 1 28 1
2 Selim Yaşar 26 Turkey TUR Silver 9 0 0 12 10
3T Şərif Şərifov 27 Azerbaijan AZE Bronze 11 0 1 23 9
3T J'den Cox 21 United States USA Bronze 12 0 0 16 5
5T Pedro Ceballos 25 Venezuela VEN 7 0 0 14 16
5T Reineris Salas 29 Cuba CUB 9 1 0 13 13
7 Alireza Karimi 22 Iran IRI 7 0 0 17 7
8 Mihail Ganev 31 Bulgaria BUL 6 1 0 6 13
9 Omargadzhi Magomedov 26 Belarus BLR 4 0 0 12 14
10 Zbigniew Baranowski 25 Poland POL 3 0 0 2 9
11 Jaime Espinal 31 Puerto Rico PUR 2 0 0 6 11
12 Aslan Kakhidze 27 Kazakhstan KAZ 1 0 0 7 11
13 István Veréb 28 Hungary HUN 1 0 0 6 17
14 Sandro Aminashvili 24 Georgia GEO 1 0 0 2 2
15 Orgodolyn Üitümen 27 Mongolia MGL 0 0 6 4
16 Kim Gwan-Uk 26 South Korea KOR 0 0 1 4
17 Mohamed Zaghloul 22 Egypt EGY 0 0 0 6
18 Mohamed Saadaoui 21 Tunisia TUN 0 0 0 9
19 Bi Shengfeng 27 China CHN 0 0 0 10