VIDEO: USA’s Wrestler Taunts Opponent Mid-Match and Wins the Bout at Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 08/05/2021, 5:45 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Wrestling – Freestyle – Men’s 125kg – Quarterfinal – Makuhari Messe Hall A, Chiba, Japan – August 5, 2021. Gable Steveson of the United States in action against Taha Akgul of Turkey. REUTERS/Leah Millis


The Tokyo Olympics 2020 swimming competitions saw Ariarne Titmus provide a shocking upset as she beat Katie Ledecky in the women’s 400-meter freestyle. Likewise, the Indian women’s hockey team had a shock victory against the top-seeded Australians. In the same vein, the Men’s freestyle 125kg category saw a shocking upset as well. The Rio Olympics 2016 gold medalist, Taha Akgul, lost to USA’s Gable Steveson by a score of 8-0. What’s more impressive was Gable’s taunt to Akgul during the match.

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Both men were grappling with each other as Gable mimicked Akgul in what was a dominant performance by the US wrestler.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Wrestling – Freestyle – Men’s 125kg – Quarterfinal – Makuhari Messe Hall A, Chiba, Japan – August 5, 2021. Gable Steveson of the United States in action against Taha Akgul of Turkey. REUTERS/Leah Millis

US wrestler Gable mocks Rio 2016 champion at Tokyo Olympics 2020

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After winning the 2021 Pan American Championships, Gable seemed confident in his match against the 2016 Rio Olympics champion. Likewise, by taunting the champion when leading 8-0, Gable displayed his aura of confidence on the mat. Whether the taunt lacked, sportsmanship remains for the fans to debate.

The wrestler took down Akgul in the first takedown of the match and led 2-0. After that, Gable Steveson showed his dominance as he hit a double leg takedown and continued to score points. Defeating the Olympic champion shows the desire and determination of Gable to go all the way.

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Can he win his first Olympic gold?

Gable, who has not conceded a point in Tokyo, looks to be in fine form. He won the first round against Kyrgyzstan’s Aiaal Lazarev with a 10-0 victory. The wrestler had five takedowns in the first period and won the match, showing his dominance throughout the bout.

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In a bid to claim his first Olympic gold medal, he will face the Mongolian wrestler Mönkhtöriin Lkhagvagerel in the next round. The 21-year-old Gable is one of the best wrestlers in Tokyo right now. Athletic, leaping ability, strength. Gable has it all. Whether the US wrestler can win the next round remains to be seen. To sum up, it looks likely that he will end up with the gold medal after his pure brute dominance.

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How far do you think Gable Steveson will progress at the Tokyo Olympics 2020?

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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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