December 10, 2022

Wrestling – World Wrestling Championships – Papp Laszlo Budapest Sportarena, Budapest, Hungary – October 23, 2018 Males’s Freestyle 97kg Gold medal bout – Russia’s Abdulrashid Sadulaev celebrates REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

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June 24 (Reuters) – 5 wrestlers to be careful for on the Tokyo Olympics:


Abdulrashid Sadulaev will headline Tokyo 2020 as a returning Olympic gold medallist, after bagging the gold at 86-kg in Rio. Now competing at 97-kg, his fiercest rival might be defending Olympic champion Kyle Snyder of america. The duo have wrestled twice in three years, splitting the outcomes.

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Nicknamed the “Russian Tank,” Sadulaev has received 4 World championships within the final six titles. With an official report of 131 wins towards two losses, the 25-year-old wrestler may have the highlight on the mat, and on Instagram, the place he’s the most well-liked athlete in his sport with multiple million followers.


Hassan Yazdani Charati involves Tokyo as a 2016 Olympic champion, profitable at 74-kg. Now competing at 86-kg, the 2019 world champion faces a tricky area of prime rivals, together with David Taylor of america.

In Iran, the place freestyle wrestling has been regarded the nationwide sport, Yazdani grew to become often known as “The Biggest” and “The King”. With nearly 700,000 followers on Instagram, he is among the hottest athletes in wrestling.

His taller and thinner determine is uncommon for his weight class, the place most athletes are shorter and broader.


In males’s Greco-Roman, Cuba have a powerful duo in three-time Olympic champion Mijain Lopez at 130-kg, plus world and Olympic champion Ismael Borrero, then at 60-kg, now at 67-kg. Cuba have an opportunity to repeat their profitable Rio efficiency in Tokyo.

In April, Borrero recovered after testing optimistic for the coronavirus after a March competitors in Canada, the place he received the 67-kg division.

Borrero, a former weightlifter, broke via on the 2015 World Championships. He moved as much as 67-kg on this Olympic cycle.


Risako Kawai, 26, might be trying to repeat her Rio gold. In celebration after profitable at 63-kg, she memorably slammed her coach down on the mat twice. Kawai isn’t the one star of the Japanese ladies wrestling group, who received 11 out of 18 gold medals within the final three Olympic video games.

5 years in the past, Kawai wrestled within the 63-kg occasion to keep away from having to go up towards 10-time world champion and four-time Olympic ladies’s wrestling champion Kaori Icho at 58-kg, and claimed the gold medal in her Olympic debut in Rio.

However for Tokyo 2020, Kawai made the daring transfer of stepping down a weight division and coming face-to-face with Icho with a purpose to depart the pathway open for her sister to make it to the Olympics together with her.


Olympic gold medallist in Rio at 125-kg, Taha Akgul was topped European champion in April. The 30-year-old has been coaching with American Kyle Snyder and is set to repeat his Rio success.

Akgul’s newest gold meant so much to the Turkish large, he stated in a current interview with the state information company Anadolu, coming after practically two years on the sidelines with harm.

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Writing by Ece Toksabay; Enhancing by Ken Ferris and Lincoln Feast.

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