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In Pictures: Greco-Roman Wrestling
A glimpse at one of the world's oldest sports.
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2012 14:28


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Greco-Roman Wrestling is recognised as one of the world’s oldest sports. 
ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU/EPA
It was first held at the ancient Olympics in 708BC and Greco-Roman Wrestling was included at the Athens 1896 Games.
Cameron Spencer/Getty Images
In Greco-Roman wrestling, competitors can only use their arms and upper bodies to attack their opponent's upper body.
Paul Sancya/AP
The aim is to force the back of the opponent’s shoulders on to the ground using strength, cunning and balance. All the action takes place on an octagonal mat and can last for a maximum of three periods of two minutes with a 30-second break in between periods. 
Ian Walton/Getty Images
Wrestlers sports a one-piece spandex suit to prevent an opponent from grabbing on to it to use to their advantage.
Cameron Spencer/Getty Images
There are various types of throw that can score points, including the ‘grand amplitude’ – throwing an opponent on his back, and the ‘takedown’ where the opponent is thrown to the mat. 
Paul Sancya/AP
There are two types of wrestling – freestyle and Greco-Roman Wrestling, but only men participate in Greco-Roman Wrestling. 
ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images
Cuba’s Mijain Lopez powered to his second successive Olympic gold in the heaviest weight class (120kg), and then set his sights on a third gold in Rio. 
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In Pictures: Greco-Roman Wrestlinghttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1344331651807A glimpse at one of the world's oldest sportsen-usAl Jazeerafeedback@daylife.com10Tue, 07 Aug 2012 09:27:39 GMTTue, 07 Aug 2012 10:34:46 GMTGreco-Roman Wrestlinghttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1344331651807?image_id=074D08o40YbsF

Greco-Roman Wrestling is recognised as one of the world’s oldest sports. 

Mon, 06 Aug 2012 21:08:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1344331651807?image_id=074D08o40YbsFCameron SpencerGetty ImagesGetty Images

Greco-Roman Wrestling is recognised as one of the world’s oldest sports. 

Greco-Roman Wrestling
Olympic Games 2012 Wrestling Greco Romanhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1344331651807?image_id=0eb79Ty3nRckg

It was first held at the ancient Olympics in 708BC and Greco-Roman Wrestling was included at the Athens 1896 Games.

Mon, 06 Aug 2012 21:43:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1344331651807?image_id=0eb79Ty3nRckgORESTIS PANAGIOTOUEPAEPA Images

It was first held at the ancient Olympics in 708BC and Greco-Roman Wrestling was included at the Athens 1896 Games.

Olympic Games 2012 Wrestling Greco Roman
Olympics Day 10 - Wrestlinghttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1344331651807?image_id=0gwQ2Hw1R96fW

In Greco-Roman wrestling, competitors can only use their arms and upper bodies to attack their opponent's upper body.

Mon, 06 Aug 2012 21:10:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1344331651807?image_id=0gwQ2Hw1R96fWCameron SpencerGetty ImagesGetty Images

In Greco-Roman wrestling, competitors can only use their arms and upper bodies to attack their opponent's upper body.

Olympics Day 10 - Wrestling
No title givenhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1344331651807?image_id=06V48wJ1aQ1Ic

The aim is to force the back of the opponent’s shoulders on to the ground using strength, cunning and balance. All the action takes place on an octagonal mat and can last for a maximum of three periods of two minutes with a 30-second break in between periods. 

Mon, 06 Aug 2012 20:05:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1344331651807?image_id=06V48wJ1aQ1IcPaul SancyaAPAP Photo

The aim is to force the back of the opponent’s shoulders on to the ground using strength, cunning and balance. All the action takes place on an octagonal mat and can last for a maximum of three periods of two minutes with a 30-second break in between periods. 

No title given
Olympics Day 10 - Wrestlinghttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1344331651807?image_id=01ky4HDbZ44jX

Wrestlers sports a one-piece spandex suit to prevent an opponent from grabbing on to it to use to their advantage.

Mon, 06 Aug 2012 18:29:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1344331651807?image_id=01ky4HDbZ44jXIan WaltonGetty ImagesGetty Images

Wrestlers sports a one-piece spandex suit to prevent an opponent from grabbing on to it to use to their advantage.

Olympics Day 10 - Wrestling
Olympics Day 10 - Wrestlinghttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1344331651807?image_id=04nh6k78fbeID

There are various types of throw that can score points, including the ‘grand amplitude’ – throwing an opponent on his back, and the ‘takedown’ where the opponent is thrown to the mat. 

Mon, 06 Aug 2012 18:34:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1344331651807?image_id=04nh6k78fbeIDCameron SpencerGetty ImagesGetty Images

There are various types of throw that can score points, including the ‘grand amplitude’ – throwing an opponent on his back, and the ‘takedown’ where the opponent is thrown to the mat. 

Olympics Day 10 - Wrestling
No title givenhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1344331651807?image_id=0geb5wd3Bb2aZ

There are two types of wrestling – freestyle and Greco-Roman Wrestling, but only men participate in Greco-Roman Wrestling. 

Mon, 06 Aug 2012 18:09:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1344331651807?image_id=0geb5wd3Bb2aZPaul SancyaAPAP Photo

There are two types of wrestling – freestyle and Greco-Roman Wrestling, but only men participate in Greco-Roman Wrestling. 

No title given
Mijain Lopez claims goldhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1344331651807?image_id=0cGz4pjgwW1ev

Cuba’s Mijain Lopez powered to his second successive Olympic gold in the heaviest weight class (120kg), and then set his sights on a third gold in Rio. 

Mon, 06 Aug 2012 21:25:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1344331651807?image_id=0cGz4pjgwW1evADEK BERRYAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

Cuba’s Mijain Lopez powered to his second successive Olympic gold in the heaviest weight class (120kg), and then set his sights on a third gold in Rio. 

Mijain Lopez claims gold


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