Olympic Wrestling: Injured Leg, Musa Evloev Prevent Artur Aleksanyan From Back-To-Back Golds
Artur Aleksanyan was clearly not himself on Tuesday night in Tokyo against his biggest rival, Musa Evloev.
Hampered by a left leg injury which he suffered during the semifinals, the 2016 Greco-Roman wrestling Olympic gold medalist fell to world No. 1 Evloev of the Russian Olympic Committee by a score of 5-1 in the gold medal match of the 97-kg bracket.
Viewers could see Aleksanyan struggling to gain footing throughout the match as Evloev quickly got on top with five consecutive points. The Armenian earned the silver medal following his loss, adding to his 2012 bronze medal and 2016 gold.
Evloev and Aleksanyan have been the only two Greco-Roman wrestlers in the 97-kg weight class to win gold medals in world championships or Olympic tournaments since 2014. That reign of domination in the division by the two fighters continued with Evloev’s victory.