American Jacob Varner takes 96kg freestyle wrestling gold

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USA's Jacob Stephen Varner wrestles to Olympic 96kg freestyle gold

American Jacob Varner took gold in the men's 96kg freestyle final with a 1-0 win over Ukraine's Valerii Andriitsev.

A bronze medallist at last year's World Championships, Varner wins a bonus of around £160,000 offered to American gold medallists by USA wrestling.

His chances were boosted when world champion Reza Yazdani withdrew from the semi-finals with a knee injury.

Georgia's Georgi Gogshelidze and Khetag Gazyumov of Azerbaijan took the bronze medals.

Varner was the second American winner in the wrestling following Jordan Burroughs' success in the 74kg category.

The American got behind Andriitsev in the first period and did so again in the second to earn a narrow victory.

Egyptian Saleh Emara was disqualified after arriving half an hour late for Sunday morning's qualification session.

Final Results

Final results by Athlete
Rank Athlete Country Medal moment Result
1 Varner USA 3
2 Andriitsev UKR 0
3 Gogshelidze GEO 3
3 Gazyumov AZE 5