Aug 6, 2021 - Sports

U.S. heavyweight wrestler Gable Steveson wins Olympic gold in last-second victory

Team USA's Gable Dan Steveson celebrates victory in the men's 125kg freestyle wrestling final against Georgia's Geno Petriashvili
Team USA's Gable Dan Steveson celebrates victory in the men's 125kg freestyle wrestling final against Georgia's Geno Petriashvili. Photo: Valery Sharifulin\TASS via Getty Images

U.S. wrestling heavyweight Gable Steveson won the Olympic men’s freestyle 125kg gold medal on Friday in a last-second victory.

Driving the news: Steveson defeated Georgia's Geno Petriashvili 10-8 to claim the gold medal — and celebrate with a backflip.

The big picture: Steveson outscored his opponents 23-0 in the first three rounds of the Olympics, per ESPN.

  • Petriashvili, a three-time world champion who was an Olympic bronze medalist in the class in 2016, led Steveson 8-5 up until the final minute, when Steveson pulled out on top.
  • Steveson, 21, whose middle name is Dan, is named after Dan Gable, 1972 Olympic 68kg gold medalist and one of the most renowned coaches in U.S. wrestling history, per USA Today.
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