The Olympic Games are half way through and the world has already seen a handful of history-making events, from gymnastics to swimming. Tuesday marks the final day to tune in to the Greco-Roman wrestling events, which kicked off this past Sunday with the preliminary rounds in the 59kg and 75kg divisions.
To recap, Cuba’s Ismael Borrero defeated Japan’s Shinobu Ota 8-0 in the Greco-Roman 59kg Gold Medal Match on Sunday, making Borrero’s gold medal the first gold medal win for Cuba in any sport during this year's games.
Shinobu Ota took home the silver for Japan and two bronze medals went to Norway’s Stig-Andre Berge and Uzbekistan’s Elmurat Tasmuradov.
“I’m really glad to be an Olympic Champion,” Cuba’s Borrero stated, according to the Associated Press. “There’s a lot of emotion. It’s so hard to explain. It went really fast but I was able to be a stronger athlete and come out on top.”
For Sunday’s 75kg Greco-Roman tournament, Russia’s Roman Vlasov took home his second gold medal after beating Denmark’s Mark Madsen in the final round, 5-1.
Vlasov briefly referred to the disqualification of over 100 Russian athletes from this year’s Olympic Games, due to the country’s state-sponsored doping scandal: “Despite of the situation, the unfair decision of our athletes from the side of WADA, it’s very important to get the biggest quantity of medals that we can,” Vlasov stated, according to the Associated press.
For day two, the 85kg and 130kg divisions will be taking place. As the morning preliminaries are under way, be sure to stay tuned for the finals, which will be livestreaming on NBC’s page between 3 p.m. ET and 6 p.m. ET.