Cuba, Russia bag gold medals on opening day of wrestling

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Rio de Janeiro, Aug 15 (IANS) Reigning world champion Ismael Borrero Molina of Cuba overpowered Japan’s Shinobu Ota to win the men’s 59kg Greco-Roman wrestling final when Russian Roman Vlasov successfully defended the 75kg title at the Rio Olympic Games.

Borrero Molina clinched an 8-0 win over Ota, dubbed “Ninja Wrestler” at home who defeated defending champion Hamid Soryan of Iran and two-time Olympic Games silver medalist Rovshan Bayramov of Azerbaijan en route to the final on Sunday, reports Xinhua.

“I’m really glad to be an Olympic champion. There’s a lot of emotion. It’s so hard to explain,” said Borrero Molina, 24. “It went really fast but I was able to be a stronger athlete and come out on top.”

Norway’s Stig-Andre Berge then beat Bayramov for the bronze. The other bronze went to Elmurat Tasmuradov of Uzbekistan who defeated Kyrgyzstan’s Arsen Eraliev.

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Vlasov ovecame world silver medalist Mark Overgaard Madsen of Denmark 5-1 after he edged Kim Hyeon-Woo of South Korea, the London 2012 gold medalist at 66kg, 7-5, in his opening bout and marched into the 75kg final.

Vlasov scored a four-point lift in the first period of his bout with Kim for a 6-2 lead, then survived a late throw attempt from par terre by Kim for the victory.

Kim settled for a bronze with win over Bozo Starcevic of Croatia and Saeid Morad Abdvali of Iran won the other bronze.

–IANS

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