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WRESTLING
This age-old sport was on the programme at the ancient games. In those days, wrestlers used to oil their bodies to prevent their opponents getting a good hold. Milo of Kroton and Heracles both left their mark on the sport.Today, there are two categories of wrestling: freestyle, in which the wrestler can use all his body to unbalance his opponent, and Greco-Roman in which only the arms and trunk are used. The aim is to topple your opponent and hold his shoulders to the ground.These days, a match consists of two three-minute rounds. But just imagine: at Stockholm in 1912, one semi-final lasted 12 hours! Today it is the wrestlers of the former Asian states of the Soviet Union who dominate the sport. Half of all the titles in Sydney went to wrestlers wearing the colours of Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria or originally from the Caucasus.
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