USA’s Olympic Hero Achieves the Unthinkable to Earn a Chance to Compete in the Upcoming 2024 Paris Olympics

Published 11/01/2023, 9:39 AM EDT

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Champs-de-Mars Arena is ready to host an amalgam of qualifying wrestlers from around the world from August 5th to August 11th next year in 2024. As Paris gears up for the Olympics, athletes are closing in on the qualifiers. As the Senior World Championship 2023 concluded ceremoniously with a thud, it turned over the page to the final chapter, i.e. Paris Olympics 2024.

The World Championships in Belgrade were the first event for the federations and the last championship before the Summer Olympics. The senior weight classes have been reduced from 10 to 6. In Men’s freestyle, women’s freestyle and Greco-Roman, only six weight classes will be contested in total. This means wrestlers will have to be in a state of flux and move up and down their weight class to compete for the Olympic glory in Paris 2024. One spectacular qualifier from America bursted through the seams by rousing wins as well as spirits.

Jordan Burroughs: a formidable force to be reckoned with


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One such wrestler to rise through is Jordan Burroughs. Jordan Burroughs clinched his first gold medal in the London Summer Olympics 2012 wrestling at 74 kg. He moved on to 79 kg post-Olympics. Since 2021, he has not competed in the 74 kg division. But with the 79 kg not officially a weight class in the Olympics, he had to go down to his normal 74. @_wrestlersgrind shares a post on their X account. In the post, we can see the smiling Jordan Burroughs. The post was a congratulatory post for Jordan on making his staple weight of 74 kg.

This is half the challenge that Burroughs is pitted against. But an important challenge that he conquered. Since the top five contenders have already been given the ticket to Paris, they will be the final challenge to Burroughs. To shed weight and adapt your wrestling style to that weight is already challenging. But to do that just months before the Olympics is another challenge in itself, but that is something Burroughs is well equipped with, given his stellar wrestling track record.


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The contenders vs Jordan Burroughs – a fight to the finish

Jordan Burroughs is an adept wrestler, and he knows that the Olympics’ dream is a challenging feat to achieve. He knows the feeling of getting to the top of the podium. And after the loss in the Tokyo Olympics 2020, he would be looking forward to avenging his loss and reclaiming what should be rightfully his title. Burroughs will be aiming for the April 19-20 Olympic trials. Khetik Tsabolov, Daichi Takatani, Georgios Kougioumtsidis, Zaurbek Sidakov, Kyle Dake are the top five contenders that Jordan will be up against.

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Burroughs’s wrestling record raises no doubt about his skill. Despite it being challenging, the transformation might bring him the golden glory he has been aiming for a coveted spot in Paris in 2024. It will be interesting to watch how he adapts his weight into the winning equation. The trials will be the testament of it. Burroughs has been able to tackle all the odds stacked against him. It is just the trials and the contenders that stand between him and the golden glory. We doff our hats to Burroughs and wait for his future wins with bated breath.

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Written by:

Shantnu Dobhal


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Shantnu Dobhal is an American sportswriter at EssentiallySports, who specialises in Weightlifting and Basketball. He is an avid sports enthusiast and comes with a staunch background in content writing. A holder of a master’s degree, Shantnu has always been attached to the world of sports through generations and is into MMA and boxing.
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Himanshu Sridhar