Tokyo 2020 Olympic champion, Luis Alberto Orta, and double world medalist, Oscar Pino, were crowned champions this Sunday at the Grand Prix “Henri Deglain” wrestling, held in the French city of Nice.
In the 67 kg category, Orta defeated host Tigran Galustyan in the final, who was unable to finish the duel due to injury. However, the Havana player scored five points in the second period to take a 7–2 lead and break the two-point tie that ended the first period.
En route to the final, Orta defeated Swiss Michael Portman and Frenchman Stéphane Clément on points, while Lithuanian Adomas Grigaliunas won by technical superiority. Meanwhile, Galustyan had left Ukrainian Parvis Nasibov, last year’s Olympic runner-up, on the road.
Cuba’s other representative in Nice, the prodigious Oscar Pino (130 kg), also climbed to the top of the podium without allowing a single point in his three bouts. Greek Nikolaos Antonias, Pole Dominik Tomasz and German Franz Richter were victims of Antillian, who continues to show his quality.
With these results, Cuba occupied the third position of the medal table by countries in the Greco-Roman style, surpassed only by Ukraine (4 gold–6 silver–5 bronze) and Georgia (2–2–1). The locals won a crown, a sub title and three bronze medals in fourth place.
Regarding the points ranking, the Antillean delegation finished in eighth place, as it competed with only two exponents. Orta and Pino finished 50 behind Ukraine (295), France (185), Georgia (148), Lithuania (107), Switzerland (97), Germany (90) and Poland (87).
The United States won seven gold medals in freestyle, allowing them to dominate the overall medal count by combining all three styles.
The fight seeks to keep itself among the main sports of the Cuban athletic movement, which will require maximum contributions from the mats at the Central American and Caribbean Games and the Pan American Games this year.