Rotter-Focken triumphs in the women’s 76-kilogram freestyle final, and Cubans win the men’s 130- and 70-kilogram Greco-Roman competitions.
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Mijain Lopez of Cuba won the men’s 130-pound weight class while Luis Orta Sanchez of Cuba won the 60-pound weight class in the Greco Roman wrestling competition.
Aline Rotter-Focken of Germany won the women’s 76-pound freestyle wrestling event.
Germany’s Aline Rotter-Focken (gold) won the 76 kg final on Mat A at the Makuhari Messe Hall on August 2 with a 7-3 victory against the United States’ Adeline Gray (silver). QIAN Zhou of the People’s Republic of China and Yasemin Adar of Turkey both took bronze in the same competition.
Rotter-Focken, the final’s No. 2 seed, jumped off to an early lead and never looked back, winning 7-0. Gray rallied back and made a match of it, but ultimately she was unable to join Helen Maroulis as the second American woman to win an Olympic wrestling gold medal.
After Winning Gold, Rotter-Focken said, “It’s Crazy, it’s Unbelievable.”
“For a long time, this was my greatest hope, and I’ve dedicated my life to achieving it. This moment is so surreal. It will probably take me a while to realise this.”
The day’s wrestling medals were won by two Cubans; 38-year-old Mijain Lopez became the first man to win four Olympic gold medals in wrestling by beating Iakobi Kajaia of Georgia, who had previously won silver, 5-0 in the Greco-Roman 130kg final.
As a Result of his Opponent’s Inactivity early on, Lopez Gained a Point for himself. Finally, he added two more Points by Throwing a gut Wrench.
And he added to his lead with another goal, this time benefiting from passivity and a step-out. Kajaia could not have come back from that kind of a disadvantage.
Lopez expressed his elation, saying, “I feel delighted, proud to be the best in the world and make history.” “I’ve spent a lot of time and effort throughout the course of my career achieving these benchmarks of success and setting new records.
I’ve put in a lot of effort to finally reach this goal. For me, it is a huge accomplishment to set this record today, because it means I have taken on the best and come out on top.”
Taking home bronze in the men’s 130-pound division were Turkey’s Riza Kayaalp and the ROC’s Sergey Semenov.
In the 60 kg Greco Roman final, Cuba’s Luis Orta Sanchez prevailed against Japan’s Kenichiro Fumita (silver) 5-1. Sergey Emelin of the ROC and Sailike Walihan of the PRC both won bronze in the competition.
Gold medalist Orta Sanchez, who had a 4-0 lead at halftime, prevailed over Fumita, the top seed and a two-time world champion wrestling in his home country.