All pay homage to the greatest: Mijaín López


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All pay homage to the greatest: Mijaín López

The Cuban Mijaín López does not have a twitter account. He does not kick goals or score baskets. He doesn’t hit home runs any more than the media often haunts him.

Despite so many inconveniences, no one – let alone being absolute – will be able to tell the history of Latin American sport without mentioning the best Greco-Roman style fighter of all time to this day.

In Tokyo the controversy between the experts ended. Alexander Karelin or Mijaín? Who is the best Greek-style fighter of all time? Karelin, a four-time Olympic medalist (3-1-0) at heavyweight, set the tone. Mijaín needed, yes or yes, the gold to wrest the condition of the ‘Siberian Bear’. Another outcome would maintain the status quo.
At 38, Mijaín attended his appointment with history in the heavy division (130 kilos). And he completed it by beating Georgian Iakobi Kajaia in the grand final and without allowing a single point to be scored in the entire competition.

In the first set against the Georgian, he had already solved the problem, he only had to wait, as in his three previous Olympic finals (Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016), to comply with the protocol.

Five to zero ended the fight against Kajaia … and, once again, the gold is his. The rest? Let the silver and bronze be divided.

Four Olympic titles. One, two, three, and four. They are equivalent to almost 20 years in the super elite of sport (he added a fifth place in Athens 2004 when he was just 21 years old) and they place him in a very select pantheon of four-time champions at the highest level in world sport.

To give you an idea, in Latin America he only shares that privilege with his compatriot Ramón Font.

Globally, individual sports athletes can be counted on the fingers of one hand who have had the talent and longevity to procure in succession a quartet of gold metals in the same specialty.

This select club is made up of: the American discobolo Al Oerter Jr. (1956-1960-1964 and 1968), the American Carl Lewis in long jump (1984-1988-1992 and 1996), the northern swimmer Michael Phelps in the test. of 200 meters combined (2004-2008-2012 and 2016) and the Japanese fighter Kaori Icho (2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016).

Perhaps in a few days a few will remember the ‘Horseshoe Giant’, his sport is not so popular, despite being one of the few that has been on the program of the Ancient and Modern Olympic Games, but his imprint is not It will be overshadowed by more or fewer followers on social networks or by forgetting the media.

Long live King Mikhain!


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