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    Default Adam Saitiev- 2000

    Is it just me, or is Adam Saitiev's Olympic championship in 2000 one of the most impressive feats in wrestling history?

    He bumps WAY up in weight since his brother is at 76 kg, comes out of an insanely deep pool of Russian competitors (7x world champ Khadartsev, Olympic champ Magomedov, future world champ Sajidov, not sure if Gatsalov was around yet) and has his way with the field in the Olympics, pinning the defending world champ.

    I know people talk about Yarygin, Gable, Brands and so on as the greatest Olympic runs in history, but I think Adam needs to be up there too.

    Thoughts?

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    agreed. impressive and compared to the above mentioned names he was more dynamic and fun to watch.

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    Default Re: Adam Saitiev- 2000

    Quote Originally Posted by arm-spin View Post
    Is it just me, or is Adam Saitiev's Olympic championship in 2000 one of the most impressive feats in wrestling history?

    He bumps WAY up in weight since his brother is at 76 kg, comes out of an insanely deep pool of Russian competitors (7x world champ Khadartsev, Olympic champ Magomedov, future world champ Sajidov, not sure if Gatsalov was around yet) and has his way with the field in the Olympics, pinning the defending world champ.

    I know people talk about Yarygin, Gable, Brands and so on as the greatest Olympic runs in history, but I think Adam needs to be up there too.

    Thoughts?
    I assume that he moved up a weight class becuase his brother was the better wrestler.
    Does this fact that he was not the best in Russia at his own weight class make B. Satiev look that much better and yet again overshadows Adam?
    Or was the reason for sending Adam up a weight class that he was the younger brother?

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    I remember there was a debate about this a while back (not sure which forum) and the consensus was that there was cultural expectations on Adam to move up as he is younger.

    I think that practice matches between the two would be the holy grail of wrestling matches. Who was better? I've heard from a pretty informed person that Bouvaisa got the better of his younger brother, but I don't really know. Bouvaisa definitely had the longevity and consistently, but I'm not sure if he could have done what Adam did at 84.

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