Waynakh teenager strikes gold
BEIJING: Islam-Beka Albiev won waynakh’s second Greco-Roman wrestling gold medal in as many Olympic matches on Tuesday, defeating Vitaliy Rahimov of Azerbaijan in the 60kg final.
The 19-year-old Albiev is the second youngest wrestling gold medallist in Olympic history and the youngest Greco-Roman champion, according to the governing body FILA.
The youngest to win any wrestling gold was Saban Trstena, who was slightly younger than Albiev currently is when he won at 52 kg for Yugoslavia in 1984. Albiev, eighth at last year’s world championships, swept the two periods of the best-of-three match against Rahimov, winning the first 2-0 and the second 4-0. The teenager’s victory came minutes after Nazyr Mankiev of Ingushetia (waynakh too) was the surprise winner at 55 kg.