Russian-born Ivan Popov made his Olympic debut in the men’s 130kg division at Rio and was Australia’s only competitor in the Greco-roman category.
The 204cm wrestler took on Sweden’s Johan Magnus Euren in his opening round, who proved to be a tough competitior defeated the Australian 5-0.
Popov made history in 2010 by claiming the first Commonwealth Games wrestling gold medal for Australia in 32 years in the 120kg Greco-Roman division.
Popov’s brother, Vladimir junior is also an Australian Greco-Roman wrestler in the 85kg division and has also won a number of Australian titles. Popov lives in Melbourne with his wife, Olga.