(Olympics) A Greco-Roman wrestler in pursuit of a landmark gold medal

TOKYO, Aug. 02 (Yonhap) — Two-time world champion wrestler Ryu Han-su will be aiming for his first Olympic gold medal in what could be his final appearance at the Summer Games.

The 33-year-old Greco-Roman veteran’s quest in the 67kg category begins Tuesday at Makuhari Messe Hall A in Chiba, east of Tokyo. The first rounds, repechage matches and semi-finals are scheduled for that day, followed by the bronze medal and gold medal matches on Wednesday.

Ryu, 33, will attempt to become the fourth South Korean wrestler to win four major titles: an Olympic gold medal, a world championship, an Asian championship and an Asian Games gold medal. The Olympic title is the only missing piece for Ryu, who was knocked out of the quarter-finals at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Ryu’s path to the podium will likely go through Germany’s Frank Staebler.

He is a three-time world champion, most recently won in 2018 in the 72 kg category. He will drop to 67 kg for the Olympics.

Ryu and Staebler met in the 2015 World Championships final in the 66kg category, with the German beating the South Korean 5-1.

Cuban Ismael Borrero Molina, 2016 gold medalist in the 59kg category and 2019 world champion at 67kg, will also be in the running, alongside Russian Olympic Committee 2018 world championship runner Artem Surkov.

Robert J. King