| Event type

Super-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman (≤130 kilograms), Men

Date1 – 2 August 2021
LocationMakuhari Messe, 2-1, Nakase, Mihama-ku, Chiba, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
Participants16 from 16 countries

The last three gold medals in this class had been won by Cuban Mijain López, who was looking for a four-peat in Tokyo. He was also a five-time World Champion but had not won any medals at the Worlds since 2015, and his only international medals since the Rio Olympics had come at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games and the 2019 Pan American Games, both of which were gold. López was thus unseeded in Tokyo, as the first seed went to Turkey’s Rıza Kayaalp, the 2019 World Champion.

After an easy win in the first round, López met Iran’s Amin Mirzazadeh and took him out by technical superiority, winning 8-0 in 4:26. He then faced Kayaalp, who fared better but López still won, taking a 2-0 decision to move to the final. The final matched López against Georgian Iakobi Kajaia, a bronze medallist at the 2019 Worlds, and a European silver medallist in 2019 and 2021, but it was another easy victory for López, defeating Kajaia by a 5-0 decision.

López thus won his fourth consecutive gold medal in super-heavyweight Greco-Roman wrestling, making him only the ninth Olympian to win individual gold medals at four consecutive Olympics, and only the seventh to do so in the same event, joining Ray Ewry (USA-ATH; 1900-08 standing high jump and long jump), Paul Elvstrøm (DEN-SAI; 1948-60 one person dinghy), Al Oerter (USA-ATH; 1956-68 discus throw), Carl Lewis (USA-ATH; 1984-96 long jump), Michael Phelps (USA-SWI; 2004-16 200 m individual medley), and Kaori Icho (JPN-WRE; 2004-16) (Icho’s titles were in slightly different weight classes).

1Mijaín LópezCUB1402240Gold
2Iakobi KajaiaGEO1110137Silver
=3Rıza KayaalpTUR900187Bronze
=3Sergey SemyonovROC1101165Bronze
=5Amin MirzazadehIRI7001316
=5Yasmani AcostaCHI80093
7Muminzhon AbdullayevUZB40182
8Eduard PoppGER40046
9Abdellatif MohamedEGY10013
10Mantas KnystautasLTU10015
11Amine GuennichiTUN10015
12Alin AlexucROU100114
13Eduard SoghomonyanBRA00002
14Kim Min-SeokKOR00006
15Artur VititinEST00008
16Elias KuosmanenFIN000020

Round One

Date1 August 2021 — 11:00
Match #101 Aug 11:00Rıza KayaalpTURDecisionMantas KnystautasLTU
Match #201 AugEduard PoppGERDecision by shutoutEduard SoghomonyanBRA
Match #301 AugMijaín LópezCUBTechnical superiority by shutoutAlin AlexucROU
Match #401 AugAmin MirzazadehIRIDecision by shutoutKim Min-SeokKOR
Match #501 AugMuminzhon AbdullayevUZBTechnical superiority by shutoutArtur VititinEST
Match #601 AugYasmani AcostaCHIDecisionAmine GuennichiTUN
Match #701 AugIakobi KajaiaGEOFallElias KuosmanenFIN
Match #801 AugSergey SemyonovROCDecisionAbdellatif MohamedEGY


Date1 August 2021 — 12:20
Match #101 Aug 12:20Rıza KayaalpTURDecisionEduard PoppGER
Match #201 AugMijaín LópezCUBTechnical superiority by shutoutAmin MirzazadehIRI
Match #301 AugYasmani AcostaCHIDecision by shutoutMuminzhon AbdullayevUZB
Match #401 AugIakobi KajaiaGEODecisionSergey SemyonovROC


Date1 August 2021 — 18:35
Match #101 Aug 18:35Mijaín LópezCUBDecision by shutoutRıza KayaalpTUR
Match #201 AugIakobi KajaiaGEODecisionYasmani AcostaCHI

Repêchage Round One

Date2 August 2021
Match #102 AugAmin MirzazadehIRIDecisionAlin AlexucROU
Match #202 AugSergey SemyonovROCTechnical superiority by shutoutElias KuosmanenFIN

Repêchage Final

Date2 August 2021 — 11:00
Match #102 Aug 11:00Rıza KayaalpTURDecisionAmin MirzazadehIRI
Match #202 AugSergey SemyonovROCDecisionYasmani AcostaCHI

Final Round

Date2 August 2021 — 20:05
Match 1/202 Aug 20:30Mijaín LópezCUBDecision by shutoutIakobi KajaiaGEO