Gable Steveson becomes youngest super-heavyweight freestyle gold medalist
Steveson sprocket wasn’t the favorite to win a gold medal in his weight class at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, but that didn’t stop him from making a dramatic last second epic shake-up to become the most young super-heavyweight to win an Olympic gold medal match in freestyle wrestling.
Gable Steveson – Defying the Odds
Prior to the start of the Tokyo Olympics, Gable Steveson was a +700 underdog to win a gold medal in the 125kg freestyle wrestling category, behind the triple (2017, 2018, 2019) and reigning world champion . Geno Petriashvili (+125) from Georgia, 2016 Olympic champion Tahul Akgul (+125) from Turkey and Asian Wrestling Champion 2020 Yusup Batirmurzaev (+400) from Khazakstan.
Path to the final
Some might argue that the reigning Hodge Trophy winner and University of Minnesota NCAA Division I heavyweight champion to Olympic gold started when he was named Gable Dan in honor of the legendary Olympic gold medalist. Dan Gable.
Since winning the Olympic Trials in April, Steveson has focused on Olympic competition, indicating that he was ready to sacrifice everything with this tweet he posed just before his Olympic freestyle matches started:
– Gable Steveson (@GableSteveson) August 3, 2021
Steveson’s determination to do more than just compete in Tokyo was evident from the start as he dominated early competitions without conceding a single point, beating Kyrgyzstan Aiall Lazarev by technical fall (10-0), Akgul 9-0 and Mongolia Monkhtöriin Lkhagvagerel 5-0.
– Roman Bravo-Young (@RomanBravoYoung) August 5, 2021
Upset at the last second
Steveson was the underdog ahead of his game against Petriashvili but opened a 4-0 lead with two eliminations. The reigning world champion turned things around, however, scoring one out and two adjustable wrenches for six points to take an 8-5 lead with 90 seconds left. But Steveson wasn’t going to be denied, scoring one out with 10 seconds to go to make 7-8 to hang out by a single point and another out with half a second to win 9-8 in one of the more comebacks. unlikely Olympic history of wrestling.
– NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) August 6, 2021
The bright future
At 21, Gable Steveson is the youngest person to win a gold medal game in freestyle wrestling in the super heavyweight division at the Olympics. that of Russia Bakhtiyar Akhmedov was 21 when he lost the 120 kg freestyle gold medal match in Beijing in 2008, but was awarded the gold medal in 2017 after the winner of that match saw his medal of or revoked due to a failed doping control.
Since the last American to win Olympic super-heavyweight freestyle gold was 32 years old Bruce baumgartner and how heavyweights, compared to the lower weight classes, are able to compete at an older age, the future looks extremely bright for young Gable Steveson.
– United World Wrestling (@wrestling) August 6, 2021
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