Video: American Wrestler Somehow Wins Gold After Trailing with Less Than 1 Second Remaining in Match


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Erin Coates August 6, 2021 at 3:42pm

American wrestler Gable Steveson narrowly won Olympic gold after trailing with less than a second remaining in his final match at the Tokyo Games.

Steveson faced Georgia’s Geno Petriashvili in the men’s freestyle 125-kilogram final on Friday night, The Associated Press reported.

The American trailed 8-5 with time expiring in the match.

With 10 seconds remaining, he managed to take his opponent down and bring the score to 8-7.

Steveson miraculously scored again with less than a second left to win the match 9-8.

WHAT JUST HAPPENED! 🥇@GableSteveson grabs the GOLD as time expires. #TokyoOlympics pic.twitter.com/yqMc3wbXsu

— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) August 6, 2021

“I looked at the clock and it was like 0.3,” Steveson told the AP.

“And I was like, ‘Ain’t no way.’ And my head just like flushed with everything. And I was like, ‘Wow.’”

Petriashvili challenged the final points to no avail, and Steveson gained another point as a result.

The 21-year-old with WWE aspirations celebrated his win with a backflip on the mat.

That GOLD medal feeling. 🥇#TokyoOlympics | @GableSteveson pic.twitter.com/rded6GWL6o

— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) August 6, 2021

“You know, I put on a good show,” he said.

“People are going to remember the name Gable Steveson.”

Steveson was the NCAA heavyweight champion at the University of Minnesota this year.

He has not lost a match on the international level since August 2019, Fox News reported.

Steveson will go down in history alongside his namesake Dan Gable, the 1972 Olympic gold medalist.

“There’s a lot of possibilities for me with this gold medal,” he told the AP.

“A lot of doors opened after me winning a national title, and now the whole world is open for me to see after this Olympic gold medal.”

With the $250,000 he earned for claiming Olympic gold, he plans to take his family out to dinner and buy his mom a Louis Vuitton purse.

Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.

Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.

Birthplace

Tucson, Arizona

Nationality

American

Honors/Awards

Graduated with Honors

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, University of Oregon

Books Written

Contributor for Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future

Location

Prescott, Arizona

Languages Spoken

English, French

Topics of Expertise

Politics, Health, Entertainment, Faith

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