Mijaín López

Mijaín López Núñez (born 20 August 1982) is a Cuban Greco-Roman wrestler. He is a three-time Olympic gold medalist, five-time World Champion, and five-time Pan American Games champion. He is the younger brother of Michel López Núñez, a Cuban amateur boxer.

Mijaín López
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López (left) at the 2009 World Championships
Personal information
Full nameMijaín López Núñez
Nickname(s)The Kid, The Terrible'
NationalityCuban
Born (1982-08-20) 20 August 1982 (age 38)
Pinar del Río, Cuba
Height1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Weight131.5 kg (290 lb)
Sport
CountryCuba
SportWrestling
Event(s)Greco-Roman
ClubCerro Pelado
Coached byPedro Val
Medal record
Representing  Cuba
Event 1st 2nd 3rd
Olympic Games 3 0 0
World Championship 5 3 0
World Cup 3 0 0
World University Championship 1 0 0
Pan American Games 5 0 0
Central American and Caribbean Games 3 0 0
Pan American Championship 9 1 0
Grand Prix Ivan Poddubny 0 0 1
Junior Pan American Wrestling Championship 2 0 0
Total 31 4 1
Men's Greco-Roman Wrestling
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2008 Beijing 120 kg
Gold medal – first place 2012 London 120 kg
Gold medal – first place 2016 Rio de Janeiro 130 kg
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2005 Budapest 120 kg
Silver medal – second place 2006 Guangzhou 120 kg
Gold medal – first place 2007 Baku 120 kg
Gold medal – first place 2009 Herning 120 kg
Gold medal – first place 2010 Moscow 120 kg
Silver medal – second place 2011 Istanbul 120 kg
Gold medal – first place 2014 Tashkent 130 kg
Silver medal – second place 2015 Las Vegas 130 kg
World Cup
Gold medal – first place 2005 Tehran 120 kg
Gold medal – first place 2006 Budapest 120 kg
Gold medal – first place 2009 Clermont-Ferrand 120 kg
World University Championships
Gold medal – first place 2005 Izmir 120 kg
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 2003 Santo Domingo 120 kg
Gold medal – first place 2007 Rio de Janeiro 120 kg
Gold medal – first place 2011 Guadalajara 120 kg
Gold medal – first place 2015 Toronto 130 kg
Gold medal – first place 2019 Lima 130 kg
Central American and Caribbean Games
Gold medal – first place 2014 San Juan 130 kg[1]
Gold medal – first place 2014 Veracruz 130 kg[2]
Gold medal – first place 2018 Barranquilla 130 kg
Pan American Championships
Gold medal – first place 2002 Maracaibo 120 kg
Silver medal – second place 2003 Guatemala City 120 kg
Gold medal – first place 2004 Guatemala City 120 kg
Gold medal – first place 2005 Guatemala City 120 kg
Gold medal – first place 2006 Rio de Janeiro 120 kg
Gold medal – first place 2007 San Salvador 120 kg
Gold medal – first place 2008 Colorado Springs 120 kg
Gold medal – first place 2009 Maracaibo 120 kg
Gold medal – first place 2012 Colorado Springs 120 kg
Gold medal – first place 2014 Mexico City 130 kg
Junior Pan American Championships
Gold medal – first place 2002 Bogota 120 kg
Men's Freestyle Wrestling
Junior Pan American Championships
Gold medal – first place 2002 Bogota 120 kg

CareerEdit

López has represented Cuba at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics in Beijing and London, and was his country's flag bearer during the opening ceremonies. In both competitions he won the gold medal in the men's Greco-Roman 120 kg category.[3] At the 2016 Rio Games, López won Gold in the 130 kg category.

On 18 October 2010 Mijaín López was rumoured to have defected and be training in Miami, Florida, for Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), however, Eric Castanos, the coach he was rumoured to be training with, contradicted these rumours, stating that Mijaín López is still in Cuba and has never mentioned anything to him about defecting.[4]

International competition recordEdit

International competition record (incomplete)[5]
Res. Opponent Method Time/
Score
Date Event Location Venue

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Details of the 130 kg division Greco-Roman event at the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games in San Juan, Puerto Rico, April 2014 from the United World Wrestling Database.
  2. ^ Details of the 130 kg division Greco-Roman event at the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games in Veracruz, Mexico, November 2014 from the United World Wrestling Database.
  3. ^ "Cuba's Lopez wins 120kg greco-roman wrestling gold". Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Cuban wrestler Mijain (sic) Lopez: only gold is my goal", Xinhua, 30 July 2008.
  5. ^ Details of Mijaín López Núñez profile available at the United World Wrestling Database.

External linksEdit

Olympic Games
Preceded by
Iván Pedroso
Flagbearer for   Cuba
Beijing 2008
London 2012
Rio de Janeiro 2016
Succeeded by
Incumbent