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  • Submitted by: Luis Manuel Mazorra
  • 09 / 24 / 2014

The World Greco-Roman Wrestling Championships held in Tashkent (Uzbekistan), took the Cuban champion Mijaín Lopez, who manages well his fifth title in this event in the heavyweight category.

The victory over Turkish Riza Kayaalp adds another victory for the Cuban who had fallen against the same opponent in the 2011 World Cup final held in Istanbul. The rematch took place a few months later at the London Olympics during the semi-finals event where Mijaín won the gold medal, confirming the title won earlier in Beijing.

The "Giant of Herradura" was proclaimed world champion in the heavyweight category in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2010 not to mention the Olympic titles.

At 32 Mijaín only lost the world title three times in recent years. The first was in 2006 after being defeated in the final by Russian Khassan Baroev in China; in 2011, as mentioned, lost to Riza Kayaalp in Istanbul, and last year, when an injury prevented him from participating in the World Championship Budapest 2013.

The final match of this year was 2-0 earning the silver medal Riza Kayaalp and bronze for Russian and Estonian Bilial Makhov Heiki Nabi. Meanwhile, the Hungarian Peter Bacsi, European champion, won the victory in the 80 kilos category, beating 2-1 in the final to Russian Evgeny Saleev while Jim Eric Pettersson Swedish and Turkish Selcuk Cebi had to settle for bronze.

In the category of 66 kilos victory fell to Serbian Davor Stefanek, who defeated Iran 7-3 Omid Haji Noroozi in the final. Completed the podium Edgaras Venckaitis Lithuanian and Hungarian Tamas Lorincz, who managed the bronze in a category in which the Spanish representative, Ismael Navarro, was eliminated in the round of Adam Kurak to Russia.

Source: Diario de Cuba

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