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.
|Bronze:|| Sabah ÅÉriÉti
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, Turkeyâs [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 Kayaalpâs preliminary matches ended earlier than the allotted time â 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 ÅÉriÉti] and Russia's [Sergey Semyonov].
|Rank||Athlete||Age||Team||NOC||Medal||Victories by Fall||Victories by Technical Superiority||TP||Technical Points Received||CP|
|12||Robby Smith||29||United States||USA||0||0||2||8||1|