It’s amazing how quickly dreams of glory can change hands in the world of combative sport, and that is doubly true when it comes to the world of freestyle wrestling.
To display any kind of consistency in the sport is to be known as a dedicated student with many teachers, all of them relentless taskmasters in so much as they are usually your opponents looking to take what you have.
Such is the Spartan system of refinement in the world of grappling. To survive it speaks to a kind of determination and dedication that few athletes ever know. To emerge near the top and to be chosen to represent your country on the biggest stage in the world—the Summer Olympics—is to know you walk in the footsteps of giants.
Now, the time has arrived. All the other games and competitions have been nothing but a warm-up; this is the 11th hour, where all is spent for gold and nothing left behind.
So let’s have a look at some of the top freestyle wrestlers in London.