Olympics-Wrestling-Rio gold medalist Akgul says mulled quitting after Tokyo defeat

7/8/2021 6:21:00 AM

Olympics-Wrestling-Rio gold medalist Akgul says mulled quitting after Tokyo defeat

Olympics-Wrestling-Rio gold medalist Akgul says mulled quitting after Tokyo defeat

TOKYO : Rio 2016 gold medalist Taha Akgul of Turkey said he considered 'hanging up the boots' after failing to retain his title in Tokyo, losing to gold medal winner Gable Steveson in the second round of men's super heavyweight competition.Stevenson stunned Akgul on Thursday without dropping points.

Stevenson stunned Akgul on Thursday without dropping points.The 21-year-old U.S. wrestler later defeated Georgia's triple world champion Geno Petriashvili with a last-gasp victory in the super heavyweight gold medal bout on Friday to win his first Olympic medal.

Akgul said he had a dark time on Thursday."I sat down and thought long and hard, and I had very dark thoughts. I thought I should hang up my boots, and there would be no return if I made that decision," Akgul told Reuters following the medal ceremony late on Friday at the Makuhari Messe Hall near Tokyo.

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Stevenson stunned Akgul on Thursday without dropping points. The 21-year-old U. wrestler advancing with an 8-0 victory.S.15. wrestler later defeated Georgia's triple world champion Geno Petriashvili with a last-gasp victory in the super heavyweight gold medal bout on Friday to win his first Olympic medal. He went 4-0 up after the break with a double leg takedown before moving further ahead with two more points-scoring moves. Akgul said he had a dark time on Thursday.

"I sat down and thought long and hard, and I had very dark thoughts. The 21-year-old American has yet to concede a point in Tokyo having beaten former Asian champion Aiaal Lazarev of Kyrgyzstan with a 10-0 victory by technical superiority after five takedowns in the first period. Chan, who is the last Team Singapore athlete to compete at the Tokyo Olympics, began the preliminary round with a score of 51, and followed it up with a score of 54. I thought I should hang up my boots, and there would be no return if I made that decision," Akgul told Reuters following the medal ceremony late on Friday at the Makuhari Messe Hall near Tokyo. "It's not about being defeated. Kadzimahamedau led 9-0 at the break and wrapped up the bout in the second period with a takedown to set up a semi-final with Italy's Frank Chamizo, a two-time world champion and Rio bronze medallist. It's about being defeated in a way that was beneath me.2, 47. I wasn't even feeling tired at the end of the bout. In the quarter-finals of the women's freestyle bantamweight competition, Belarusian Vanesa Kaladzinskaya shocked medal favourite Vinesh Phogat of India.

" "I am not that sort of an athlete. I may get defeats, I have been defeated many times, but I always give my rivals a hard time. Despite a successful Indian challenge reducing Kaladzinskaya's lead to 5-3 from 7-2, the Belarusian then managed to pin the reigning Asian champion to win 9-3.4 on his sixth and final dive. Not this time. It's not me," Akgul said. Two-time world champion Mayu Mukaida of Japan sailed through her bouts, beating Cameroon's Joseph Essombe Tiako 10-0 before dispatching former European champion Roksana Zasina of Poland 12-2 in the first period. Akgul added that winning the bronze medal on Friday was a strong boost of morale for him, and that he would continue wrestling, eyeing another medal at Paris 2024. Catch the Olympics Games Tokyo 2020 LIVE with 14 dedicated channels on meWATCH.

Steveson has repeatedly said Akgul was his favourite wrestler. (Writing by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford) Source: Reuters. On Friday, Steveson reiterated his respect for the two time world champion, saying that he grew up watching Akgul and Georgia's Geno Petriashvili, the silver medalist at Tokyo. Akgul said, despite the defeat, he was happy to have welcomed a new fierce competition to the wrestling world. "He (Steveson) came to me and said I was his favourite athlete, someone who looked up to. We agreed to exchange singlets, it will be a good memory.

" "I am looking forward to playing against him again and winning the revenge match. I will train accordingly. He is a great wrestler. There is a new hero in town." (Writing by Ece Toksabay; Editing by Michael Perry) Source: Reuters .