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Rio Olympics , Rcuba's Lopez Wins Third Gold

Greco-Roman wrestling took on some Cuban flair, as Mijain Lopez won his third consecutive olymPic Gold, equalling the record set by Russia's legendary grappler Aleksandr Karelin.

Lopez celebrated by doing a salsa-infused, hip-shimmy dance in the middle of the mat, sending the strong Cuban fan base and an arena full of Brazilians into ecstasy.

Lopez took the Gold in a dominating 6-0 win over reigning world champion Riza Kayaalp of turkey to match Karelin's feat - the Russian won Golds at the 1988, 1992 and 1996 games.

Lopez won Golds at his 130kg category in Beijing and London. He has also won five world championships and three silver world medals, cementing his status as a sporting legend in Cuba.

In the meantime, weightlifter Ruslan Nurudinov lived up to his billing as the 'pride of Uzbekistan' with a routine victory in the 105kg category.

Nurudinov has undergone two bouts of knee surgery in the past two years and won with an overall total of 431kg.

Armenian teenager Simon Martirosyan put in a remarkable performance to take silver, the 19-year-old finishing ahead of two men who had beaten him at the European championships in April with a career-best total of 417kg.

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