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US Wrestler Upsets Russia’s Sadulaev To Give US World Title


(RFE/RL) — U.S. star Kyle Snyder upset fellow Olympic gold medalist Abdulrashid Sadulaev in the deciding match to lead the United States to the men’s world freestyle wrestling championship over Russia in Paris.


Snyder scored a late takedown on August 26 to hand Sadulaev, the three-time reigning world champion, his first loss since 2013.

The Americans and Russians were tied going into the match between Snyder and Sadulaev, who moved up to the 97-kilogram class to challenge Snyder.

Snyder won the 2016 Olympic gold in the 97-kilogram class, while Sadulaev won it in the 86-kilogram level.

Snyder trailed before he completed a spin-behind takedown in the final 20 seconds, giving him the victory by a score of 6-5.

Jordan Burroughs won a gold medal for the United States at 76 kilograms, defeating 2014 world champion Khetag Tsabalov of Russia.



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