Mijain LOPEZ

Cuba CUB

Wrestling Greco-Roman

  • Olympic Medals
    3 G
  • Games participations
    4
  • First Olympic Games
    Athens 2004
  • Year of Birth
    1982
Olympic Results

Biography

Mijain LOPEZ

Cuban Greco-Roman wrestler Mijaín López Núñez is unbeaten at the Olympic Games since Beijing 2008, winning three consecutive 120kg/130kg titles in the process. A flag-bearer for his country at each of the last three Olympic opening ceremonies, he is also a five-time world champion and one of the greatest wrestlers of all time.

Arch rivals

Born in the town of Pinar Del Rio, on Cuba’s western tip, the imposing López, who stands 1.98 metres tall, won his first major Greco-Roman wrestling title in the120kg category at the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo (DOM). He has since retained the title on three occasions, in 2007, 2011 and 2015.

His first big rival on the global scene was Russia’s Khasan Baroyev, who defeated him in the quarter-finals of the 120kg at Athens 2004 en route to winning the gold. The Russian then accounted for López in the final of the 2006 World Championships in Guangzhou (CHN), though the Cuban would have his revenge the following year in Baku (AZE), beating Baroyev to add a second world title to the one he won in 2005.

A maiden Olympic title

López was given the honour of carrying his country’s flag at the Beijing 2008 Opening Ceremony. When asked which medal he was aiming to win at the Games, he smiled and left the Cuban wrestling team’s head coach Pedro Val to do the talking: “The gold medal of course. No doubt about it. Only the gold will do.”

Olympic Results

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Rio 2016

G
Super-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman (≤130 kilograms)
Super-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman (≤130 kilograms) Wrestling
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London 2012

G
Super-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman (≤120 kilograms)
Super-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman (≤120 kilograms) Wrestling
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Beijing 2008

G
Super-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman (≤120 kilograms)
Super-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman (≤120 kilograms) Wrestling
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Athens 2004

#5
Super-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman (≤120 kilograms)
Super-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman (≤120 kilograms) Wrestling