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Myles Amine became San Marino’s first wrestler in history to qualify for the Olympic Games, as he advanced to the
semifinals at the 2019 World Wrestling Championships.
Amine, who was born and raised in the US state of Michigan and holds dual citizenship, clinched a place at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 for San Marino in freestyle 86kg after his victory on day eight. The world competitions were held in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.
“It just feels incredible,” said Amine, who also won a bronze medal at the 2nd European Games Minsk 2019. “I know the amount of work I’ve put in [all] year-round these past few years….I decided my goal was to get to the Olympics here.”
Competing for San Marino, a country completely surrounded by Italy with a population of 33,000, Amine takes great
pride in his heritage.
“I don’t think most people know what San Marino is,” he said. “It’s my heritage and my grandpa is really proud to be
from there and talks about it all the time. I just talked to him last night and told him I’d try to make him proud. For this to happen, it’s surreal.”