Russia came out the big winner from the Wrestling Worlds in Taskent, which ended this weekend. Aside from the team title in men's freestyle, RUS also won 2nd place in both women's freestyle and men's greco-roman, and a total of 15 medals to top the table, and outpacing by far second place Iran and Turkey, who had 9 medals each. Those 15 medals featured 6 golds, including Denis Tsargush (pictured) in the men's 74kg free class. Russian wrestling has usually been a source of athletic success for the nation, and it's no wonder that President Vladimir Putin played an active role in helping to reinstate the sport to the Olympics after the brief scare of a possible drop; their overall medal count at the Games would certainly have been negatively affected. But it is obvious there is a rich tradition there in the sport, and it is impressive for sure to see their athletes continue to lead the charge. And even on the women's side, too, at the Championships, where RUS women tied Japan for total medals at 5, although JPN's included 4 golds to RUS' 0. There might be a strong rivalry there in the making, although the JPN men have a long road ahead to catching up to their female counterparts, as the men's team only came away with 1 silver in freestyle.
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