While Gable Steveson’s dramatic last-second win and back-flipping celebration will live long in memories, it was the athletes from the Russian Olympic Committee who rolled through men’s freestyle.
Zavur Uguev (57kg), Zaurbek Sidakov (74kg), and Abdulrashid Sadulaev (97kg) all won gold and two other ROC wrestlers won bronze to lead all nations.
Snyder’s bid to help the Americans sweep the three heaviest weight classes was subdued by Sadulaev, but that wasn’t the biggest surprise amongst Team USA.
That goes to another Kyle. Kyle Dake upset defending gold medalist Jordan Burroughs to make it to Tokyo but then needed the repechage to charge back and win bronze.
David Taylor joined Steveson in claiming gold, the 21-year-old Stevenson capturing the imaginations when he came back with less than two seconds to go and claimed the winning points over Georgia’s Geno Petriashvili.
Sixteen different nations won a medal in Greco-Roman wrestling. Consider there were only 24 given out, that’s pretty diverse.
Cuba claimed two golds through Luis Orta and Mijain Lopez, while Hungary and Ukraine each claimed a gold and a silver.