Bilyal Makhov of Russian took Olympic bronze in wrestling

Bronze medals in the men’s 120 kilogram freestyle wrestling went to Iran’s Komeil Ghasemi and Russia’s Bilyal Makhov after two thrilling three-period contests.

On Friday, U.S. wrestler Jordan Burroughs had taken 74kg gold against Iran’s Saeed Gourdarzi, but the second U.S.-Iran medal matchup went the other way, Ghasemi beating Tervel Dlagnev 3-1 on points.

Ghasemi took the first round 4-0, but was beaten 1-0 in the second before scraping the third 1-0 in a grueling match.

In the second bronze medal bout, Makhnov won a tough fight with Kazakhstan’s Daulet Shabanbay, winning the first round 5-0 before losing the second 3-0 and coming back to win the third 3-0 for the win.

First published in RIA Novosti.

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