The tense calm ended and the ‘Horseshoe Giant’ joined four of the fingers of his right hand to show the world his greatness, and that own and others would know that only he in history can boast of counting so many titles in the Greco-Roman style.
“When will and sacrifice are combined with talent, anything is possible,” he said in the mixed zone after beating Georgian Iakobi Kajaia 5-0 in the final of the 130 kilograms in the Japanese capital, which received a living legend capable of drawing the unprecedented on mattresses.
His individual plot did not have the best of beginnings, with that fifth place in Athens 2004, but it was allowed to dream and there are 13 years of extreme dominance, of unbeaten between tackles, imbalances, grabs, smiles, dances … yes, because the champion he likes to enjoy success after so much sacrifice.
López found in his room in the Olympic Village the perfect sanctuary to gather calm and concentration in order to overcome what was achieved by the legendary Russian Alexander Karelin, who reigned in Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992 and Atlanta 1996 before falling in Sydney 2000 against the American Rulon Gardner.
‘We met the objective. Now it’s time to enjoy it and continue fighting for new goals in life, ‘he said to the disbelief of the journalists present, who were sure they had witnessed his last fight in the most important sporting contest.
But three decades of intense hustle and bustle doesn’t seem like enough and he just asked for a little time to rest. For some strange reason, the burly gladiator plans not to stop and Paris could also be conquered in 2024.
‘I’m going to retire whenever I want, not when someone asks for it. I feel in optimal conditions, I just want health, ‘he confessed before dedicating all his successes to the people of Cuba, who, he said,’ follow me at all times. ‘
The Caribbean equaled the milestone of the Japanese Kaori Icho, protagonist of four consecutive golds in Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016, although in freestyle.
Thus, after 12 months of waiting conditioned by the Covid-19 pandemic, a new chapter of his life ends happily, as so many times in the past of a man who is synonymous with feats, eternal conqueror of cities, the GOAT of the Olympic fight.