AMAZING! USA’s Wrestling Champ Gable Steveson Shares His Tokyo Olympics 2020 Gold Medal With a Fan

Published 08/08/2021, 2:53 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Wrestling – Freestyle – Men’s 125kg – Medal Ceremony – Makuhari Messe Hall A, Chiba, Japan – August 6, 2021. Gold medallist Gable Steveson of the United States poses with his medal. REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw


The wrestling competitions at Tokyo Olympics 2020 provided a new champion in Gable Steveson. The last match in the men’s 125kg category saw a thrilling bout between him and Georgia’s Geno Petriashvili. Although the match was in favor of the Georgian, Gable came back from a one-point deficit to score a two-point touchdown. The final score was 10-8 as Gable won the first gold medal of his career. Likewise, in an endearing moment, the champion gave his gold medal to a buffet server which showed the lighter side of the American.

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Gable looked excited and shared a candid moment with the server.

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Gable gives his gold medal to a server

The ultimate victory sparked wild celebrations as Gable won the final. But this moment speaks volumes about his personality alone. The way he gave his medal to the server was something admirable for a wrestler who has won a lot of hearts.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Wrestling – Freestyle – Men’s 125kg – Gold medal match – Makuhari Messe Hall A, Chiba, Japan – August 6, 2021. Gable Steveson of the United States celebrates after winning gold against Geno Petriashvili of Georgia. REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

After defeating the former Olympic Champion, Taha Akgul, Gable was expected to take home the gold medal. Then, he wrestled Mönkhtöriin Lkhagvagerel from Mongolia and defeated him with a score of 5-0. The American wrestler notably did not lose a point in his route to the finals.

However, the last match proved to be tougher than expected.

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Despite the victory, Steveson struggled during the first half of the final. After trailing 8-5 to Geno, there were only 0.7 seconds on the clock. Gable produced an epic moment as he scored a takedown in the dying ends of the match. The wrestler could not believe what happened as he spoke in the post-match interview.

“I looked at the clock and it was like 0.3. And I was like, ‘Ain’t no way,’ and my head just like flushed with everything. And I was like, Wow,” said Gable.

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After outscoring his opponents to 23-0 in the first three rounds, this encounter proved to be a test for the talented athlete. Instead, he came up big when it mattered, and won the bout with ease.

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Many incredible moments happened in this year’s Tokyo Olympics 2020. The wrestling competitions saw a new king being crowned in Gable Steveson, but will he compete in Paris, or is WWE-bound?

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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