Rare winner's medal issued to Cuban wrestler Juan Marén at the Sydney 2000 Summer Olympics. Silver, 68 mm, 185 gm, by Wojciech Pietranik and Brian Thompson; manufactured by the Royal Australian Mint. The front depicts a 'Seated Victory' with the Colosseum in the background; the reverse portrays the Olympic rings over the iconic Sydney Opera House, with the Sydney Olympic torch at right, inscribed in the upper and lower rim, "Wrestling / Greco-Roman 63 kg." Complete with the original blue ribbon embroidered in silver with the legend, "Sydney 2000." Medal features instances of scratching, scuffing, and tarnishing.
Greco-Roman wrestler Juan Marén received medals in his three Olympic appearances: bronze at the 1992 Barcelona Games, and silver at both the 1996 Atlanta and 2000 Sydney Games. The Cuban team, perennial favorites in sports like boxing and wrestling, finished third in the wrestling medal table with a total of 5, trailing the United States and Russia with 7 and 9. This is only the third Sydney winner's medal we have offered.
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