Olympic Greco-Roman Wrestling Odds

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LONDON, England (TheSpread) – Greco-Roman Wrestling is a sport that dates back to long before the Olympic Games began. Here is a look at the odds to win gold in the 2012 Olympics.

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There are seven different weigh classes for Greco-Roman Wrestling and the country with the most gold to gain, according to oddsmakers, is Iran. Of the seven weight classes listed, Iran is favored in three of them, while four other countries are favored in one.

At the 2008 Olympics, Iran was completely shut out of all medals, not winning a single gold, silver or bronze. At the most recent world championships, they won two golds as Omid Norouzi (60kg) and Saeid Abdevali (66kg) both won their weight classes and are now favored to wint he gold medal in London.

One country without much prospect for a gold, or even a medal, is the United States. Of the seven weight classes, oddsmakers have just three total Americans listed with a shot to win gold. Of that group Justin Dashaun Lester (66kg) has the best odds, as he is listed with 9/1 odds to claim the gold medal in his weight class. Lester has medaled in the World Championships before, but never claimed the overall title.

The 2012 Summer Olympics are taking place from London, England and began on July 27 and run through August 12. For the complete odds to win each Greco-Roman Wrestling Event, see below.

2012 Summer Olympics – Greco-Roman Wrestling Event Odds

Men's 55kg

Hamid Mohammad Soryan (IRI) +175

Rovshan Bayramov (AZE) +300

Shujin Li (CHN) +900

Elbek Tazhyieu (BLR) +1000

Spencer Thomas Mango (USA) +2500

Men's 60kg

Omid Noroozi (IRI) +350

Almat Kebispayev (KAZ) +450

Zaur Kuramagomedov (RUS) +700

Rahman Bilici (TUR) +1100

Ellis E Coleman (USA) +2000

Men's 66kg

Saeid Abdevali (IRI) +275

Manuchar Tskhadaia (GRO) +550

Hyeonwoo Kim (KOR) +700

Pedro Isaac Mulens Herrera (CUB) +800

Justin Dashaun Lester (USA) +900

Men's 74kg

Roman Vlasov (RUS) +225

Selcuk Cebi (TUR) +225

Arsen Julfalakyan (ARM) +900

Men's 84kg

Nazmi Avluca (TUR) 11/4

Alim Selimau (BLR) 4/1

Damian Janikowski (POL) 9/1

Hristo Marinov (BLR) 9/1

Habibollah Jomeh Akhlaghi (IRI) 10/1

Charles Edwards Betts (USA) 20/1

Men's 96kg

Artur Aleksanyan (ARM) +400

Jimmy Lidberg (SWE) +400

Elis Guri (BUL) +500

Rustam Totrov (RUS) +700

Tsimafei Dzeinichenka (BLR) +800

Men's 120kg

Mijain Lopez (CUB) +140

Riza Kayaalp (TUR) +160

Dremiel Deshon Byers (USA) +1000

Khasan Baroyev (RUS) +1000

Yury Patikeyev (ARM) +1000

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