UNBELIEVABLE: Gable Steveson Records a Miraculous Victory in Men’s 125kg Wrestling Bout at Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 08/06/2021, 10:18 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


In what was an unbelievable climax, Gable Steveson wins the gold medal in epic fashion. The American came from behind with 0.7 seconds on the clock and won the match with a three-point takedown. Delegates in attendance looked shocked as the US wrestling champion won a gold medal at Tokyo Olympics 2020. The clock was ticking down as he produced a moment of magic to take home the victory.

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Moreover, he achieved his first Olympic medal with a victory.

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Gable Steveson wins gold at Tokyo Olympics 2020

The final match of the Men’s 125kg wrestling event saw Gable take on Georgia’s Geno Petriashvili. The latter won the bronze medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics and was looking to go all the way, this time around. However, Gable had other ideas. The wrestler came back from a two-point deficit to take home the grand prize.

The clock was coming down on him and to win from that situation cemented his legacy amongst the greats in the sport.

Earlier he had a 4-0 lead and was looking really comfortable. Despite his fantastic start, the Georgian came back stunningly. Petriashvili went on a 6-0 run and had two takedowns in that sequence. The score then became 8-5 in favor of Geno. After that, Gable came back and had a takedown and the score became 8-7. Just as the buzzer was going to go, Gable took a two-point takedown with just 0.7 seconds on the clock. The final score rounded up to 10-8 in favor of the American.

And the rest-as they say-is history.

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Steveson shines at the end

The American was expected to shine after he defeated Rio 2016 champion, Taha Akgul, in the second round. He produced a fine display of wrestling to defeat the Turk. Soon after, he met Mongolian wrestler, Mönkhtöriin Lkhagvagerel, and took home the victory by finishing with a 5-0 scoreline.

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But the final did not seem like a cakewalk.

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

The Georgian gave a tough battle but could not end the match in victory. Likewise, Gable reached the final in dominant fashion after not losing a point leading to the finals. A superb performance from a talented wrestler who hopes to shine again at Paris 2024.

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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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