Team Russia has announced their members for the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo in freestyle wrestling. While Russia is banned from having their flags on the uniforms, the team will still be allowed to compete. Announced on their Instagram today, here are the Russians to compete in The Games:
57kg: Zaur Uguev
65kg: Gadzhimurad Rashidov
74kg: Zaurbek Sidakov
86kg: Arthur Nayfonov
97kg: Abdulrashid Sadulaev
125kg: Sergey Kozyrev
Russia’s team is set up for yet another successful Olympic run. With as much international experience as they have, it’s hard to see the wrestling powerhouse not do well in the games. But that success comes with higher expectations as well. Russia looks to continue their long lasting success in the wrestling portion of the Olympic Games.
Team Russia: Best of the Best
When it comes to wrestling, Team Russia is by and large the best there is. On this iteration of the team, there are nine World Championships. In addition to that, 97er Abdulrashid Sadulaev is a returning gold medalist from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. In 2016, Team Russia won four gold, three silver, and two bronze medals across men and women’s freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling.
Internationally, there are some fantastic matchups between Russia and Team USA. The most intriguing is Sadulaev moving up from his Olympic medal weight of 86 kilos. The reigning Olympic champ in that class is, of course, Kyle Snyder.
And then at 74, Kyle Dake, who usurped Jordan Burroughs, is looking to make a first splash in his first Olympics. And as we see above, Zaurbek Sidakov is in that class as well.
The Tokyo Olympics start at the end of June. Be sure to tune in to the freestyle wrestling on August 1st to catch Team Russia in action.
Russia is set up for more success at the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games. Stay posted to My MMA News for all the latest Olympic wrestling coverage and more. Thanks for reading.
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