Cuba's Molina and Russian Vlasov clinch golds

Borrero Molina beat Japan’s Shinobu Ota 8-0 in the 59kg, while Roman Vlasov won gold for the second Olympics in a row, when he won the 75kg, in the Greco-Roman event.

Borrero Molina of Cuba dominated the 22-year-old Ota, pulling ahead with a dramatic throw and turn move and clinching on match superiority.   -  AP

Roman Vlasov... second successive Olympic gold.   -  AP

Ismael Borrero Molina has won the gold medal in 59-kilogram Greco-Roman wrestling, giving Cuba at least one wrestling title in each of the last seven Olympics.

Borrero Molina beat Japan’s Shinobu Ota 8-0 on Sunday in the first title match of the Olympics.

The Cuban dominated the 22-year-old Ota, pulling ahead with a dramatic throw and turn move and clinching on match superiority.

Uzbekistan’s Elmurat Tasmuradov and Andre-Stige Berge of Norway claimed bronze medals with Berge giving the Norwegians their first wrestling medal since 1992.

Vlasov triumphs

Later in the day, Russia wrestler Roman Vlasov won gold for the second Olympics in a row, when he won the 75 kilograms in the Greco-Roman event.

Vlasov beat Denmark’s Mark Madsen 5-1, his second straight win over the Dane in the world finals.

Madsen has now finished second in the world five times. Still, Madsen became Denmark’s first Olympic medallist in wrestling since 1948 by winning silver.

Vlasov’s win might be the first of many in Rio for the Russians, who typically dominate the Olympic tournament.

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