Mijain Lopez may not be a household name across the globe, but he most certainly is in
Cuba and he has now become a four-time
Olympic champion in Tokyo.
Known for picking up his rivals and coaches and throwing them over his shoulder, as if they were a rucksack,
Lopez has been put among the best in history with his latest gold medal.
'The giant of Herradura' has won in men's Greco-Roman Wrestling in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012 in the 120 kilogram category, and has now added back-to-back titles in the 130 kilogram ranking in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and in Tokyo in 2020.
In matching this achievement, only rower
Paul Evstroem, athlete
Carl Lewis, fighter
Kaori Icho, swimmer
Michael Phelps and discus thrower
Al Oerter can compete.
The 38-year-old had hinted that this would be his last Games and he wasn't going to miss out on the opportunity.
Up against Georgian fighter
Iakobi Kajaia in the final, the Cuban demolished his opposition with a 5-0 victory.
Carried fruit boxes
The origin of his strength came from the animals and fruit boxes that he used to carry as a child, making him strong enough to become a boxer.
A coach spotted him and encouraged him to try Greco-Roman wrestling, which he loved so much that he continued even after suffering a double leg break in 2008.
In Rio, he dedicated his gold medal to
Fidel Castro and in Tokyo he has once again spoken of "the Commander in Chief" and his "great commitment to the Cuban people".
Having carried the flag for
Cuba at the opening ceremony, many will be hoping that he comes back for more in Paris in 2024.
Source : https://www.marca.com/en/olympic-games/2021/08/02/610840d4268e3e8b1c8b46b4.html725