London 2012


from July 27 to August 12




About the sport

A combat sport that involves various fighting techniques including pins, takedowns, throws, and grappling holds. In Olympic Wrestling, two athletes attempt to win and maintain a position of dominance. The event is divided into two events: freestyle wrestling and Greco-Roman wrestling. The differences are within the specific rules and techniques.

Olympic Wrestling is one of the traditional events at the Games and has been present since the first edition of the modern era in 1896. It was only omitted from the Olympic program in Paris 1900. In Greco-Roman wrestling, the former Soviet Union has the most gold medals (34). In freestyle, the United States leads with 46 gold medals. During the London Olympics, there will be 18 gold medals distributed, individual among seven categories for the men and for the women in the freestyle and seven for the men in the Greco-Roman wrestling. All of the fights will take place in ExCel London.

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Star athletes

Athletes to Watch

They will be protagonists at the Olympic Games

Hall of Fame

Stars that made history in the Olympic Games

Artur TaymazovArtur TaymazovCountry:Uzbekistan

The 33 years old athlete will compete in London to close a successful career. In the Olympics he has three medals: silver in 2000 and gold in 2004 and 2008.

Saori YoshidaSaori YoshidaCountry: Japan

In the world championships the athlete only ran out of gold in one: 2004. In the Olympics is also hegemonic: won gold in 2004 and 2008, and she has chances to repeat it in London.

Aleksandr KarelinAleksandr KarelinCountry: Russia

Nine time world champion, he won three consecutive gold medals in 1988, 1992 and 1996. His only international loss came in Sydney, when he took the silver.

Imre PolyákImre PolyákCountry: Hungary

The second wrestler to win medals in four consecutive Olympic Games, including silver in Helsinki, Melbourne, and Rome, to finally win gold in Tokyo 1964.

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