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Cuban wrestler Mijain Lopez joins elite company with incredible feat

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Cuban wrestler Mijain Lopez joined some incredibly exclusive company with an impressive feat.

Lopez on Monday won the gold medal in the Greco-Roman 130 kg wrestling event at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The 38-year-old Cuban giant defeated Iakobi Kajaia 5-0 in the final of the event to win the gold.

What is remarkable is the gold medal marked the fourth straight Olympics in which Lopez has won the same event.

He also won gold in 2008, 2012 and 2016. The 2008 and 2012 medals were when 125 kg was the highest weight class in Greco-Roman wrestling.

Only four other athletes have ever won four straight gold medals in the same individual event. Those four others are:

– Michael Phelps: 200 m individual medley (2004-2016)
– Carl Lewis: long jump (1984-1996)
– Al Oerter: discus (1956-1968)
– Paul Elvstrom: finn (1948-1960)

That is quite an exclusive list.

Even at 38, Lopez is still going strong and leading his class. He also showed some great sportsmanship after his semifinal win.

Look: Wrestler Mijain Lopez had moving gesture after beating rival

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Wrestler Mijain Lopez had a moving gesture for his rival Riza Kayaalp after winning a match between them at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo on Sunday.

Lopez, a three-time gold medal winner in the Olympics for the highest weight division in Greco-Roman wrestling, was facing Kayaalp in the semifinals of the Greco-Roman wrestling 130kg weight class.

They engaged in a tough match that Lopez won 2-0 to advance to the final.

After the match, Lopez kissed Kayaalp on the top of his head.

That is a nod to the level of respect between them.

Lopez and Kayaalp have now met seven times, with Lopez leading 5-2. He has won all three of their matches at the Olympics, propelling him to gold in 2012 and 2016. Kayaalp has beaten Lopez twice at the World Championships, where he has won gold four times.

This level of love and respect for one’s sport, competition and opponent is what the Olympics are all about. We saw something similar in a UFC fight in June.