RIO DE JANEIRO — American wrestler Kyle Snyder’s run to the world title in 2015 was so surprising that some wondered if it was something of a fluke.
Snyder showed he’s for real on Sunday, adding an Olympic title to his burgeoning resume.
Snyder, the youngest wrestling world champion in U.S. history, is now the sport’s youngest Olympic champion in U.S. history. The 20year-old Snyder beat Khetag Goziumov of Azerbaijan 2-1 for gold at 97 kilograms during the men’s freestyle tournament.
“I don’t really have too big of a secret,” Snyder said. “I listen to my coaches. I train as hard as I possibly can.
“I think, if anything, my secret is that instead of thinking about winning and thinking about gold medals and stuff like that, I try to value just my effort, value my improvement and value the love that I have for the sport. That drives me every day.”
After Jordan Burroughs was knocked out in stunning fashion Friday, Snyder was the last real chance the Americans had at a gold medal.
Snyder came through with a brilliant run, knocking off the world’s best just a week before he heads back to class at Ohio State.
Mongolian wrestling coaches strip off clothes in protest
RIO DE JANEIRO — Two Mongolian wrestling coaches stripped off their clothing to protest the result of a bronze medal match, a bizarre turn in a day where officiating was highly criticized.
The scene began after Uzbekisatn’s Ikhtiyor Navruzov appeared to have lost to Mandakhnaran Ganzorig 7-6 at 65 kilograms on Sunday.
Uzbekistan challenged the scoring, believing that the Mongolian was fleeing instead of fighting because he was running around in celebration with less than 10 seconds left.
Navruzov — whose quarterfinal match resulted in the dismissal of all three officials involved after a questionable late call — won his challenge and the match on criteria.
Ganzorig, who had already started celebrating, fell to his knees in disappointment.
The Mongolian coaches went much further.
Byambarenchin Bayaraa took his shoes and shirt off and threw them to the mat in disgust in front of the officials.
Tsenrenbataar Tsostbayar stripped all the way down to his blue briefs. The Brazilian crowd started chanting “Mongolia! Mongolia!”
Two golds for couple
Make it double gold for the first couple of the Olympic boxing tournament.
French fighter Tony Yoka joined fiancee Estelle Mossely as gold medal winners, defeating Britain’s Joe Joyce in a super heavyweight bout.
Mossely won lightweight gold on her 24th birthday on Friday and was in the stands shouting encouragement for Yoka.
With soccer star Neymar in attendance, the Brazilian men’s volleyball team swept Italy for the gold medal.
Brazil won 25-22, 28-26, 26-24 on Sunday for its third gold medal in volleyball, which became an Olympic sport in 1964. Captain Bruno went into the stands to embrace Neymar after the victory.
The Brazilians were playing in their fourth consecutive gold-medal match. The team finished with the silver in London and Beijing after winning Gold in Athens.
Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge won Sunday’s marathon in the time of 2 hours, 8 minutes and 44 seconds. Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia was second, and American Galen Rupp took bronze.