Russia’s Roman Vlasov and German Frank Staebler won titles on Monday in the opening session of the Wrestling World Championships in Las Vegas.
Staebler defeated Korea’s Ryu Han-soo at 66kg, and Vlasov beat Denmark’s Mark Madsen at 75kg.
Top-ranked Armenian wrestler Artur Aleksanyan beat Iran’s Ghasem Rezaei 3-0 at 98kg to claim the world title.
American Andy Bisek won his bronze medal match after earning the US a spot in the Rio Olympics with a top-six finish at 75kg.
Staebler beat top-ranked Serbian Davor Stefanek before defeating Ryu 4-1.
Vlasov, who won worlds in 2011 and the London Olympics in 2012, beat a pair of world champions to reach the finals, where he decisively defeated Madsen 6-0.
The US team, which typically struggles in the Greco-Roman discipline, got off to a torrid start. They won their first five matches, but only Bisek qualified for a medal match.
Bisek went 3-1 in the opening session, losing 9-0 to Madsen before beating Bulgaria’s Yavor Yanakiev 1-0 for a spot in the third-place match.
Bisek then beat Iran’s Saied Mourad Abdvali 2-0 for his second world bronze in as many years.
Bryce Saddoris, who was not ranked in the top 20 at 66kg, won his first two matches before Staebler beat him in the quarter-finals.
Saddoris took a commanding 4-0 lead in his repechage match, but he got hit in the head and eventually fell 5-4.
The worlds were to continue yesterday, with Greco-Roman titles — and spots in Rio — on the line at 59kg, 71kg, 80kg and 130kg.
Chen Jifang hits the gym for at least two hours every day and has the physique to prove it. At nearly 70, she is being held up as a shining example as China orders its vast population to get fit and lose the bulge. The grandmother from Shanghai has become a minor celebrity in in the past few months after her newfound and unlikely love for working out made national headlines. After becoming a gym regular in December 2018, Chen lost 14kg in three months, and now sports the kind of flat stomach and toned muscles that people decades younger aspire to. She
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