Cuban wrestler Mijain Lopez repeats as Olympic champion at 2012 London Olympics. London Olympics 2012 News
London Olympics 2012 News / NationalTurk – Cuba’s wrestling champion Mijain Lopez stated that he didn’t think anyone else could touch him, after a redemptive win over his Turkish rival in the semifinals for Olympics wrestling.
and he stood by his word ! and bird is the word !
Mijain Lopez proved he wasn’t really bragging at London Olympics Nobody could get in the way of Lopez’s second straight Olympic gold medal.
Lopez overcame Heiki Nabi of Estonia with 2-0, 1-0, to reach gold medal at 2012 London Olympics in Greco-Roman at 120 kilograms Monday night.
Cuban wrestler Mijain Lopez becomes the third wrestler to win multiple golds at 120 kilograms, a feat he shares with Russian wrestling legends Alexandre Karelin and Alexander Koltschinkski of the former Soviet Union.
Turkish and Cuban champions clashed at semifinals at wrestling at London Olympics
But the most highly anticipated match of the day was between Cuban Mijail Lopez and Turkish Riza Kayaalp of Turkey in the semifinals of Greco-Roman wrestling at London Olympics 2012.
Many in the wrestling world were stunned when Turkish wrestler Kayaalp beat the formidable Lopez at the 2011 world championships in Istanbul. Mijain Lopez had won world titles in 2005 and 2007, took Olympic gold in 2008 at Beijing Olypics , and then won the next two world championships.
Lopez restored order to the heavyweight division he’s owned for years. He scored a pair of late points while on offense to win the first period and set the tone. The second period also went to the “par terre” tiebreaker position, this time with Lopez on the bottom,d keeping Kayaalp from scoring on him.
Kayaalp flailed wildly as he tried to pick Lopez off the mat, but nothing worked.
The match with Nabi went almost exactly the same way in the finals of 2012 London Olympics men’s wrestling Greco-Roman styla.
Mijain Lopez scored two points with what’s known as a gut wrench – grabbing an opponent’s stomach and wrenching them over – and Nabi couldn’t get Cuba’s star heavyweight off the ground in the next period.
“I think it was a really good fight,” a jubilant and victorious Mijain Lopez, the pride of Cuba expressed.