Tokyo 2020: American Steveson wins wrestling gold

Georgia challenged the final points to no avail. Steveson, as is customary after his biggest wins, celebrated with a backflip.

Gable Dan Steveson

US' Gable Dan Steveson celebrates after defeating Georgia's Gennadij Cudinovic during the men's freestyle 125kg wrestling final at the 2020 Summer Olympics on Friday.   -  AP

American Gable Steveson has defeated Georgia’s Geno Petriashvili 10-8 to claim wrestling gold in the men’s freestyle 125-kilogram class.

Georgia challenged the final points to no avail. Steveson, as is customary after his biggest wins, celebrated with a backflip.

Steveson outscored his opponents 23-0 in the first three rounds. He rolled past 2016 Olympic gold medalist Taha Akgul 8-0 in the quarterfinals.

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Petriashvili, the No. 1 seed, is a three-time world champion who was an Olympic bronze medalist in the class in 2016. He led Steveson 8-5 in the final minute, but couldn’t handle the 21-year-old’s quickness late.

Akgul defeated Mongolia’s Lkhagvagerel Munkhtur 5-0 in a bronze medal match.

Iran’s Amir Dare defeated China’s Zhiwei Deng 5-0 in the other bronze medal match.

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