Live From Tokyo Olympics: Wrestling from Makuhari Messe Photo Gallery
It doesn’t get any more traditional than wrestling when it comes to Olympic sports as wrestling was a feature of the ancient Olympic Games in 708 BC, with the sport’s Greco-Roman style included in the first Games of the modern era at Athens 1896. Eight years later, freestyle wrestling was introduced at the St. Louis 1904 Games. Women’s freestyle wrestling joined the Olympic programme at Athens in 2004. The essence of both styles is the same: with no equipment and no grasping at clothing, two athletes try to press both shoulders of their opponent down onto the mat. Greco-Roman wrestlers use only their upper bodies and arms, while freestyle wrestlers can use any part of their body.