Kyle Snyder competes at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Aug. 6, 2021 in Chiba, Japan.
Wrestlers Kyle Snyder and Abdulrashid Sadulaev wrote another chapter in one of the most famous rivalries in the sport Saturday, squaring off in the 97 kg. final in Tokyo.
In the end, “Snyderlaev III” ended with Snyder adding Olympic silver to the gold he won in 2016. The “Russian Tank,” as Sadulaev is known, bumped his record against Snyder to 2-1 with the 6-3 victory. Sadulaev, who moved up a weight class to challenge Snyder back in 2017, led early on and held on for his second Olympic gold medal after winning the 86 kg. class in 2016.
“There are definitely some positions that I have got to get better in,” Snyder said afterward. “That is what I’m thinking about. I have got to finish those attacks, so that is what I’m going to do.”
Snyder wasn’t the only U.S. athlete to medal on the final day of wrestling at the Games. Sarah Hildebrandt, 27, won the bronze medal in the women’s 50 kg. class 12-1 by technical superiority, taking down Ukraine’s Oksana Livach. She was the ninth U.S. wrestler to medal on a team of 18, as the program finished with three golds, two silvers and four bronze medals across Greco-Roman, men’s freestyle and women’s freestyle. The nine total medals led the field, and wrestling will finish third on the U.S. medal table from Tokyo behind swimming and track and field.