Steeve Guenot of France celebrates with national flags after winning the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games men's 66 kg Greco-Roman wrestling event on August 13, 2008 in Beijing. [Agencies]
BEIJING -- French wrestler Steeve Guenot won here Wednesday the first gold medal for his nation in Beijing.
Guenot defeated Kanatbek Begaliev of Kyrgyzstan in the men's 66kg Greco-Roman wrestling in the Olympic Games.
France sends a strong Olympic team to Beijing but their medal board lacked the color of gold before Guenot's feat, with only seven silvers and two bronzes in most time of the fifth day at Beijing Olympics.
After the comfortable victory, ecstatic Guenot jumped onto a spectators' stand to take a national flag and then unfurled it while running through the competition venue.
France's biggest hope for gold was foiled by China Tuesday night when its sabre fencer Nicolas Lopez was surprisingly defeated by Chinese fencer Zhong Man.France's Steeve Guenot jubilates after defeating Kazakhstan's Darkhan Bayakhmetov in their men's Greco-Roman 66 kg semi-final wrestling match for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on August 13, 2008. [Agencies]
Kanatbek Begaliev of Kyrgyzstan (in red) and Steeve Guenot of France fight during their 66 kg men's Greco-Roman wrestling final bout at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 13, 2008. [Agencies]
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