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|Lopez, Noroozi and Khugaev add Olympic Greco-Roman wrestling golds in London
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Mijian Lopez of Cuba celebrates his second Olympic Greco-Roman gold medal at 120 kg after his victory in London. Jason Bryant photo
LONDON, England – Three more gold medals in wrestling were awarded at the ExCel Center on Monday with the second day of the Greco-Roman competition.
Claiming his second career Olympic gold medal was Cuban Greco-Roman star Mijain Lopez, who stopped 2006 World champion Heiki Nabi in the finals, 2-0, 1-0. Lopez now has won six World-level titles. He won the first period with a gut wrench from par terre and took the second period by defending from the bottom in par terre. Nabi’s World title was at 96 kg, and had his best effort since moving up in weight in 2010.
Capturing the gold medal at 60 kg/132 lbs. was 2011 World champion Omid Noroozi, who defeated Revaz Lashkhi of Georgia in the finals, 1-0, 1-0. Noroozi won the first period by defending in the par terre, then added a takedown in the second period. It was Lashkhi’s first World level medal, with a best previous finish being fifth at the 2010 Worlds.
2009 World silver medalist Alan Khugaev of Russia was the champion at 84 kg/185 lbs., beating 2004 Olympic champion Karam Gaber of Egypt in the finals, 1-0, 1-0. Khugaev won the first period with a lift, then took the second by defending in par terre. Gaber was a three-time World medalist at 96 kg earlier in his career, then made a comeback last year dropping down to 84 kg, coming home with a second Olympic medal.
In the first bronze match at 60 kg/132 lbs., 2011 World bronze medalist Zaur Kuramagomedov needed just two periods to defeat 2010 World champion Hasan Aliyev of Azerbaijan, 2-0, 2-0. Kuramagomedov scored a gut wrench in the first period par terre, and scored a two point exposure from the defensive position in the second period par terre.
The other bronze medal at 60 kg/132 lbs. went to 2010 World silver medalist Ryutaro Matsumoto of Japan, who pinned 2011 World silver medalist Almat Kebispayev of Kazakhstan in the third period, 1-2, 3-0, 1:07. Matsumoto threw Kebispayev to his back for three points and finished off the fall.
In an 84 kg/185 lbs. bronze medal match between two unheralded athletes, Danjel Gajiyev of Kazakhstan beat Vladimer Gegeshidze of Georgia, 0-1, 1-0, 2-0. The first two periods were points for defense from par terre. In the third, Gajiyev scored on a lift and with a takedown during par terre for the win. Gadjiyev was the Asian Olympic Qualifier champion, while Gegeshidze, second in the final Olympic Qualifying event, was the last person to earn a spot in the field.
2011 World silver medalist Damian Janikowski of Poland claimed the other bronze medal at 84 kg/185 lbs., who defeated 2009 World silver medalist Melonin Noumonvi of France, 1-0, 1-0. Janikowski defended from the par terre in the first period, then won the second with a lift and throw for a point.
Claiming a bronze at 120 kg/264.5 lbs. was 2011 World champion Riza Kayaalp of Turkey, who scored a pushout in each period to defeat Georgia’s Guram Pherselidze, 1-0, 1-0. Kayaalp also boasts two World bronze medals.
Sweden’s Johan Magnus Euren won the other bronze at 120 kg/264.5 lbs., stopping Ioseb Chugoshvili of Belarus in the finals, 1-0, 0-1, 1-0. All three periods went to the par terre, where the athlete on the bottom position was able to defend to score the point. It was Euren’s first World-level medal of his career.
At London, England, August 6
60 kg/132 lbs.
Gold – Omid Noroozi (Iran)
Silver – Revaz Lashki (Georgia)
Bronze – Zaur Kuramagomedov (Russia)
Bronze – Ryutaro Matsumoto (Japan)
5th – Hasan Aliyev (Azerbaijan)
5th – Almat Kebispayev (Kazakhstan)
7th – Ivo Angelov (Bulgaria)
8th – Ji-Hyun Jung (Korea)
9th – Tarik Belmadani (France)
10th – Jiang Sheng (China)
Gold –Omid Noroozi (Iran) dec. Revaz Lashki (Georgia), 1-0, 1-0
Bronze – Zaur Kuramagomedov (Russia) dec. Hasan Aliyev (Azerbaijan), 2-0, 2-0
Bronze – Ryutaro Matsumoto (Japan) pin Almat Kebispayev (Kazakhstan), 1-2, 3-0, 1:07
84 kg/180.5 lbs.
Gold – Alan Khugaev (Russia)
Silver – Karam Gaber (Egypt)
Bronze – Danjel Gajiyev (Kazakhstan)
Bronze – Damian Janikowski (Poland)
5th – Vladimer Gegeshidze (Georgia),
5th – Melonin Noumonvi (France)
7th – Pablo Shorey (Cuba)
8th –Vasil Rachyba (Ukraine)
9th – Chas Betts (USA)
10th – Amer Hrustanovic (Austria)
Gold – Alan Khugaev (Russia) dec. Karam Gaber (Egypt), 1-0, 1-0
Bronze –Danjel Gajiyev (Kazakhstan) dec. Vladimer Gegeshidze (Georgia), 0-1, 1-0, 2-0
Bronze – Damian Janikowski (Poland) dec. Melonin Noumonvi (France), 1-0, 1-0
120 kg/264.5 lbs.
Gold – Mijian Lopez (Cuba)
Silver – Heiki Nabi (Estonia)
Bronze – Riza Kayaalp (Turkey)
Bronze – Johan Euren (Sweden)
5th – Guram Pherselidze (Georgia)
5th – Ioseb Chugoshvili (Belarus)
7th – Darzi Babanjanzadeh (Iran)
8th – Yuri Patrikeev (Armenia)
9th – Dremiel Byers (USA)
10th – Lukasz Banak (Poland)
Gold – Mijian Lopez (Cuba) dec. Heiki Nabi (Estonia), 2-0, 1-0
Bronze – Riza Kayaalp (Turkey) dec. Guram Pherselidze (Georgia), 1-0, 1-0
Bronze – Johan Euren (Sweden) dec. Ioseb Chugoshvili (Belarus), 1-0, 0-1, 1-0