Saturday, August 18, 2012

60 kg freestyle medal winners at the Summer Olympics 2012

Freestyle wrestlers and their medals, 2012 Summer Olympics,

Men's 60 kg:

Gold:  Toghrul Asgarov was born in Ganja, Azerbaijan, and is an Azerbaijani wrestler.

Ganja is a graceful city of some 300,000 persons, a manufacturing and agricultural center, prosperous as is all of Azerbaijan, Shiite in religion as is Iran but tolerant and Western in orientation.  I could find no image relating to wrestling in Ganja, nor to a celebration for Toghrul's great accomplishment.  Don't know why.  I guess folks there don't post to the web much.


From Wikipedia, perhaps typical.

The preceding two from
 "Ganja - Ganja - Azerbaijan -", 
a good collection of pictures about Ganja.

Ganja | Adventure Ivan  The sculpture garden 
to the impressive museum in honor of
 Nezami-ye Ganjavi, 
a 12 the Century Persian poet, 
and one of the greatest.  
We in the United States don't have a 12th Century 
I wonder what it would be like 
to be so grounded.  

Ganja Slideshow | TripAdvisor™  Possibly a typical stroll
 for our wrestler.  
Azerbaijan's people are Turkic, 
with the usual Turkic ease of touching 
so difficult for older men here.

The verdant countryside.


Wrestling mages from the incomparable Zimbio

Silver:  Besik Seradinovich Kudukhov, born in  Tskhilon, Georgia, is a Russian freestyle wrestler of Ossetian descent, per Wikipedia.  Tskhilon, Georgia, is now, ambiguously, Tskhilon, South Ossetia, a consequence of a recent war between Russia and Georgia.

From Wikipedia, in the wake of the 2008 South Ossetia War, Russia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Nauru, and Tuvalu recognized South Ossetia as an independent republic.. . .   The United States sided with Georgia.  Georgia does not recognize the existence of South Ossetia as a political entity, and considers most of its territory a part of the Shida Kartli region under Georgian sovereignty, occupied by the Russian army.. . . .

Apparently the Olympic committee considers South Ossetia sufficiently Russian to allow wrestlers from there to complet as Rusian, or perhaps Besik has residences undisclosed on the Web.

Something os the troubles between Georgia and Russia are described in the discussion of  Georgia's Silver Medalist Vladimer Khinchegashvili in this blog.  But never mind:  Besik is a Russian, now.  Let it go.  For now.  He's a champion, and that's what we are celebrating.

Bronze:  tie:  Yogeshwar Dutt, from India.

and Coleman Scott from Stillwater, Okalahoma, USA. For more on Coleman and Stillwateer, For more on Sadegh,see2012 FILA Freestyle Wrestling World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan in this blog.

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