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Wrestling at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Men's Super-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman

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 15, 2016
Date Finished: August 15, 2016
Format: Single elimination tournament. Competitors losing to the finalists entered repechage tournament for bronze medals.

Gold: CUB Mijaín López
Silver: TUR Rıza Kayaalp
Bronze: AZE Sabah Şəriəti
RUS Sergey Semyonov

Summary

The five-time World champion, Cuban legend [Mijain Lopez] entered the Rio Olympics looking for his third Olympic gold medal. Standing in his way was his rival, Turkey’s [Riza Kayaalp], the 2015 World champion who beat Lopez for gold in Las Vegas for the World title the previous year. After that, [Heiki Nabi] of Estonia, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist, who captured his first World title a decade previous in 2006, and a second in 2013 (along with a 2014 World bronze) was looking for a spot on the podium.

En route to the final round, Lopez and Kayaalp dominated each of their first three Olympic matches with both not allowing an opponent a single point on them. All three of Kayaalp’s preliminary matches ended earlier than the allotted time – two were won by technical fall, and one by him pinning his opponent just after the first minute. Lopez defeated [Sergey Semyonov] of Russia in the semi-finals by a score of 3-0, while Kayaalp beat [Eduard Popp] of Germany 8-0.

And in what was the third straight year that Lopez and Kayaalp have met in a final round of a major international tournament, they faced off for Olympic gold in Rio in a very chippy match. Lopez beat Kayaalp 6-0, to became just the third wrestler to win three Olympic gold medals in Greco-Roman joining legend Soviet/Russian wrestler [Aleksandr Karelin] as the only two to win all three Greco golds consecutively. The win also put Lopez in a tie for most wrestling medals all-time across all disciplines.

The bronze medals went to Azerbaijan's [Sabah Şəriəti] and Russia's [Sergey Semyonov].

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal Victories by Fall Victories by Technical Superiority TP Technical Points Received CP
1 Mijaín López 33 Cuba CUB Gold 0 0 16 0 12
2 Rıza Kayaalp 26 Turkey TUR Silver 1 2 21 6 13
3T Sabah Şəriəti 27 Azerbaijan AZE Bronze 1 1 19 7 12
3T Sergey Semyonov 20 Russia RUS Bronze 0 0 22 7 12
5T Eduard Popp 25 Germany GER 0 0 4 12 6
5T Heiki Nabi 31 Estonia EST 0 0 3 9 3
7 Iakob Kajaia 22 Georgia GEO 1 1 10 6 9
8 Johan Eurén 31 Sweden SWE 1 0 9 7 5
9 Oleksandr Chernetskiy 32 Ukraine UKR 0 1 10 2 4
10 Bashir Babajanzadeh 26 Iran IRI 0 0 4 4 4
11 Murat Ramonov 26 Kyrgyzstan KGZ 0 0 4 8 1
12 Robby Smith 29 United States USA 0 0 2 8 1
13 Meng Qiang 29 China CHN 0 0 1 3 1
14 Nurmakhan Tynaliyev 28 Kazakhstan KAZ 0 0 0 1
15 Muminzhon Abdullayev 26 Uzbekistan UZB 0 0 0 3
16 Eduard Soghomonyan 26 Brazil BRA 0 0 0 8
17T Ivan Popov 30 Australia AUS 0 0 0 9
17T Abdellatif Mohamed 20 Egypt EGY 0 0 0 9
19 Erwin Caraballo 35 Venezuela VEN 0 0 0 16