Burroughs, who won world titles in 2011, 2013 and 2015 and has 129 wins since 2011, was favourite to retain the Olympic gold medal he won at London 2012, when his coach said he was only functioning at 80% of his ability. His determination to win at the Olympics was clearly signalled by his Twitter handle @alliseeisgold.
Geduev, however, is the world No2 and always promised to be a formidable hurdle for New Jersey-born Burroughs, who now lives in Nebraska. Geduev claimed his place on Russia’s team for Rio by defeating Denis Targush, who was Burroughs’s toughest opponent at London 2012 where they met in the semi-finals.
Geduev went on to defeat Jabrayil Hasanov of Azerbaijan in the semi-final meaning that Burroughs now faces a repechage for the chance to win bronze.
This article was written by Guardian staff, for theguardian.com on Friday 19th August 2016 16.36 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010