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Cuban wrestler Mijain Lopez completes a golden three-peat
Cuba’s Mijain Lopez was in good spirits after his gold medal match. (Issei Kato/Reuters)

Mijain Lopez turned the Rio Olympics into his own personal dance party Monday night.

The towering 6-foot-5 Cuban gyrated his hips, pumped his fists and bounced on his feet, imploring the crowd to cheer even louder after he defeated Turkey’s Riza Kayaalp, 6-0, in the gold medal match of the men’s Greco-Roman wrestling 130 kg division.

It was Cuba’s second gold medal in wrestling at the Rio Olympics.

Lopez, 33, has now won three straight gold medals in Greco-Roman wrestling, something only Russian wrestling legend Aleksander Karelin had previously accomplished. According to Shawn Smith of NBC Olympics, he is just the ninth wrestler in any discipline to win three career Olympic gold medals.

The crowd in the arena and his fans on the Internet could not seem to get enough of Mijain “el Terible” Lopez.

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The 2016 Olympic Games run from Aug. 5 through Aug. 21 in Rio de Janeiro. Throughout, we will be chronicling the latest news and more from our reporters in Rio and Washington.