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 Champion of Pan American Games. He is a younger brother of Michel López Núñez, a Cuban amataur 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 37)
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

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