17.8.16

Know your wrestling

Sergey Semenov of Russia and Heiki Nabi of Estonia compete in the Greco-Roman at the Rio Games.

The key difference in two styles: In Greco-Roman, wrestlers aren't allowed to grapple below the waist

Greco-Roman and Freestyle wrestling were first introduced as a modern Olympic Games event in 1896. Both involve grappling. But there's a key difference. In Greco-Roman, wrestlers aren't allowed to grapple below the waist. And, only men participate in the Greco-Roman events. The wrestlers, in Greco-Roman, are scored based on their performance in two three-minute periods. But, an early 'fall' can terminate the round.
Only four countries — Germany, Great Britain, Greece and Hungary — were a part of the 1896 event. In 2016, 344 wrestlers from 54 countries will compete in 18 events.
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