ROC’s Abdulrashid Sadulaev beats American Kyle Snyder to 97kg freestyle gold

Abdulrashid Sadulaev of Russian Olympic Committee competes against Kyle Frederick Snyder of Team United States during the Men's Freestyle 97kg Final on day fifteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Makuhari Messe Hall on August 07, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
Abdulrashid Sadulaev of Russian Olympic Committee competes against Kyle Frederick Snyder of Team United States during the Men's Freestyle 97kg Final on day fifteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Makuhari Messe Hall on August 07, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Sadulaev wins 6-3 to take the Olympic wrestling 97kg freestyle title, Snyder claims silver with Cuba’s Reineris Salas and Italy’s Abraham Canyedo Ruano both bagging bronze.

The ROC’s Abdulrashid Sadulaev defeated American Kyle Snyder 6-3 in the men’s freestyle 97-kilogram final.

Snyder was the Olympic gold medallist at 97kg in 2016 and is a two-time world champion. Sadulaev was the Olympic gold medallist at 86kg in 2016 and is a four-time world champion.

Sadulaev led 6-0 in the final minute but Snyder scored two on a takedown and one on a step-out to make it 6-3. Sadulaev managed to hold on to see out the bout.

Cuba’s Reineris Salas defeated Azerbaijan’s Sharif Sharifov for bronze. Salas, 34, had never won a world title or an Olympic medal before, whereas Sharifov, 32, won Olympic gold in the 84kg category at the 2012 London Olympics and earned bronze at 86kg in 2016.

In the other bronze medal match, Italy’s Abraham Canyedo Ruano defeated Turkey’s Suleyman Karadeniz 6-2.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.