First modification: 08/02/2021 – 15:00
The Greco-Roman wrestler retained his crown, the one he acquired in Beijing 2008 and stands as the best in history in his discipline. Meanwhile, Simon Biles, who was in the preview one of the most anticipated of Tokyo 2020, assured that he will participate in the bar final after being absent in the other five categories. Meanwhile, Ecuadorian Tamara Salazar won a silver medal in weightlifting, Puerto Rican Jasmine Camacho-Quinn gold in athletics and Argentine hockey entered the medal zone.
After a Sunday of extreme action that loaded the day with epic and historical moments, the Olympic Games agenda continues and promises to continue delivering not only medals, but also images that will transcend the years.
Along those lines, Simone Biles will have her comeback role following her absence from the defining events this past weekend. But it is not the only thing that stands out: the Cuban Mijaín López increases his status as a legend, Tamara Salazar gets into the books of Ecuador and Jasmine Camacho Quinn does the same in Puerto Rico.
These are the most important news from the Olympic Games on August 2:
- Mijaín López is Olympic champion for the fourth time
His name was already written on the golden pages of the Olympic Games thanks to his three gold medals. Beijing 2008 was the scene where he emerged as the winner, London 2012 the reaffirmation of his reign, Rio de Janeiro 2016 transformed it into hegemony and, now, Tokyo 2020 will be the place where it became a myth.
The Greco-Roman struggle has its undisputed figure and it is from Cuba. The Central American athlete won his fourth gold in the discipline and exceeded all limits, achieving something that no one had done in the men’s branch. The only precedent was the Japanese Kaori Icho, who did it between Athens 2004 and Rio 2016 in the -63 category.
Lopez beat Georgian Iakobi Kajaia 5-0 on points in the final after two rounds in the 130kg division. In this way he closed his tournament in Japan with a record that marks his unbeatenness: he did not give up points in any of his contests. Undefeated since 2004, he ousted Russian Alexander Karelin who was gold three times between 1988 and 1996.
However, the joys for Cuba did not end with López’s historic conquest. Before, in the 60kg, the habanero Luis Orta He was also a gold medalist after beating Japanese Kenichiro Fumita by 5-1, giving him what was the first Cuban gold medal in this edition of the Olympic Games.
The harvest for the Caribbean people on Monday was very fruitful, which began with two compatriots taking the podium in the men’s long jump: Juan Miguel Echeverria Y Maykel Massó they were silver and bronze, respectively. There was also a fifth medal that was in rapid shooting at 25 meters, a discipline in which Leuris Pupo finished third.