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Greco-Roman Wrestler Mijain Lopez Best Male Athlete in Latin America



Havana, Dec 20 (ACN) Outstanding Cuban Greco-Roman wrestler Mijain Lopez, four-time Olympic Champ, won the prize to the Best Male Latin American Athlete in the 57th edition of the traditional sports survey by Prensa Latina news agency.

Lopez, who took his fourth gold in Tokyo 2020, got 41 votes to win over Argentinean soccer player Lionel Messi, second on the row with 19 tickets. With this prize, the Cuban wrestler leads for the first time the survey and turns into the second wrestler to reach such prize, after his countryman Raul Cascaret in 1985.

The prize joins the recognition of Lopez as Best Athlete of Cuba in 2021, among male athletes.

Last October 24, Mijain was granted the prize to the outstanding performance in 2021by the Association of National Olympic Committees. He received the prize along other outstanding athletes during a ceremony held at the Crete Maris Beach Resort, in Greece.

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