Sharifov of Azerbaijan wins Olympic wrestling gold
Sharif Sharifov of Azerbaijan won an Olympic wrestling gold
medal in men’s 84-kilogram freestyle, beating Jaime Yusept Espinal
of Puerto Rico 6-1, 2-0 Saturday.
Sharifov, the defending world champion, beat American Jake
Herbert in a quarterfinal that led to a post-match dispute between
U.S. coach Zeke Jones and officials.
Sharifov bounced back with wins over three-time Asian champion
Ehsan Naser Lashgari in the semifinals and Espinal in the
Espinal delivered just the second silver medal in Puerto Rico’s
Olympic history – and the first medal of any kind by a Puerto Rican
Toghrul Asgarov of Azerbaijan won the 60-kilogram gold earlier