Rio Olympics 2016: Wrestling Explained

Wrestling at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro is scheduled to take place from 14 to 21 August at the Olympic Training Center in Barra da Tijuca.

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Olympic wrestling competition consists of two disciplines: Greco-Roman, in which athletes use their upper bodies and arms only; and free style, in which athletes can use any part of their body.

Wrestling bouts take place on a 12 meter square mat and can last for a maximum of three periods of two minutes each. The aim is to pin the opponent’s shoulder on the ground. A period is won by technical superiority, scoring two holds worth three points, or gaining a six-point lead.

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